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orphans and fatherless, our mothers are widows, we have drunken our water for money ; our wood is sold unto us, our necks are under persecution ; we labour and have no rest.
The joy of our heart is ceased ; our dance is turned into mourning
The crown is fallen from our head : woe unto us that we have sinned ! For this our heart is faint, for these things our eyes are dim. Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned ; renew our days, as of old. But thou hast utterly rejected us, thou art very wroth against us.—Lam. v. 1–5, 15—22.
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up my face to thee, my God; for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.
Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day. And now for a little space, grace hath been showed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape; and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten
our eyes, and give us a little reviving. And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? We have forsaken thy commandments which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this, should we again break thy commandments, wouldest thou not be angry till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping ? O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous, for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day, behold, we are before thee in our trespasses ; for we cannot stand before thee because of this.-Ezra ix. 6—15.
I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments : Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open that thou mayst hear the prayer of thy servant, which I
pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have
not kept the commandments nor the statutes, nor the judgments which thou commandest thy servants ; now these are thy servants and thy people whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power and by thy strong hand.—Neh. i. 5, 6, 7, 10.
Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways ; behold thou art wroth, for we have sinned. We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.
And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up
himself to take hold of thee; for thou hast hid thy face from us and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O Lord, thou art our Father ; we are the clay and thou our potter, and we all are the work of thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever. Behold, see we beseech thee, we are all thy people.—Isaiah lxiv. 1-9.
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O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him,
and to them that keep his commandments. 5. We hare sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts, and from thy judgments. 6. Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day ; unto all Israel, that are near and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. 8. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of faces, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him ; 10. neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 15. And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown as at this day ; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.Daniel ix. 4-15.
Our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee that hath come upon us, on our kings, our princes, and our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people. Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us, for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly. Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law nor hearkened unto thy commandments, and thy testimonies wherewith thou didst testify against them. For they have not served thee in their kingdom and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.Nehemiah ix. 32-35.
KING'S CONFESSIONS. I have sinned this time; the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.—Exodus ix. 27.
I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and thy words ; because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now, therefore, I pray thee pardon my sin, and turn again with me that I may worship the Lord.—1 Samuel xv. 24, 25.