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I. INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION OF
I do remember my faults this day.-Gen. xli. 9.
Unclean, unclean.—Lev. xiii. 45.
I have sinned ; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me; now therefore if it displease thee, I will get me back again.Numb. xxii. 34.
Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done.—Joshua vii. 20.
I have sinned, behold I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.-1 Sam. xxvi. 21.
I have sinned against the Lord.—2 Sam. xii. 13.
I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing, but now, I beseech thee, do away
the iniquity of thy servant, for I have done very foolishly.-1 Chron. xxi. 8.
What is man that thou shouldst magnify him ? and that thou shouldst set thine heart upon him ? and that thou shouldst visit him every morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me nor let me alone ? I have sinned, what shall I do unto thee, O thou Preserver of men ? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee so that I am a burden to myself? and why dost thou not pardon my transgression and take away mine iniquity ? for now shall I sleep in the dust, and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.—Job vii. 17–21.
I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not.-Job xxxiii. 27.
I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: that which I see not teach thou me : if I have done iniquity I will do no more.—Job xxxiv. 31, 32.
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken, but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.—Job xl. 4, 5.
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee, wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.-Job xlii. 4, 5.
For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.-Ps. xxv. 11.
My life is spent with grief and my years with sighing; my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.-Ps. xxx. 10.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions, wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin, for I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me: Behold thou desirest truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow ; make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice ; hide thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation ; and my tongue
shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open
thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it, thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.-Ps. li. 1–17.
If thou, 'Lord, shouldst mark iniquity, O Lord, who shall stand. But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.—Ps. cxxx. 3, 4.
Woe is me! for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for mine eyes have seen the king, the Lord of Hosts.—Isaiah vi. 5.
My Father, thou art the guide of my youth. Will he reserve his anger for ever? Will he keep it to the end ?--Jer. iii. 4, 5.
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself, it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Lord correct me but with judgment, not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.-Jer. x. 23.
Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke; turn thou me, and I shall be turned ; for thou art the Lord my
God. Surely after that I was turned,