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cecdeth blessing and cursing. My and said, O, this people have sinned brethren, these things ought not so a great sin, and have made them gods to be.-James iii. 2-4. 6-10. of gold, &c.—Exod. xxxii. 31. Deut.
Speak not evil one of another, ix. 16. 18—20. brethren: for he that speaketh evil And Aaron shall lay both his hands of his brother and judgeth his brother, upon the head of the live goat, and speaketh evil of the law.-James iv. ll. confess over him all the iniquities of
Wherefore laying aside all malice, the children of Israel, and all their &c. and evil speaking.-1 Pet. ii. 1. transgressions, and all their sins, &c.
Not rendering, &c. railing for rail- —Levit. xvi. 21. ing: bnt contrariwise, blessing, &c. If they shall confess their iniquity, He that will love life, and see good and the iniquity of their fathers; days, let him refrain his tongue from with their trespasses which they have evil, and his lips that they speak no trespassed against me: and that also guile.-1 Pet. iii. 9, 10.
they have walked contrary unto me, But these, as natural brute beasts, &c. then will I remember my cove&c. speak evil of the things that they nant.-Levit. xxvi. 40. 42. understand not. 2 Pet. ii. 12.
When a man or woman shall comThe Lord, &c. to convince all, &c. mit any sin, &c. then they shall conof all their hard speeches, which un- fess their sin which they have done.godly sinners have spoken against Numb. v. 6, 7. him.-Jude 14, 15.
Joshua said unto Achan, Give glory All liars shall have their part in to the God of Israel, and make conthe lake which burneth, &c. and there fession, &c.—Josh. vii. 19. shall in no wise enter in, &c. who And David said unto Nathan, I soever worketh abomination or maketh have sinned against the Lord. a lie.--Rev. xxi. 8. 27.
2 Sam. xii. 13. Without are dogs, &c. and who David's heart smote him, &c. And soever loveth and maketh a lie.- David said unto the Lord, I have Rev. xxii. 15.
sinned greatly in that I have done.
2 Sam. xxiv. 10. Sect. xiv. To confess and mourn for Wicked Ahab his mourning kept
Sin, depart from it, and watch off the threatened judgments in his against it: the Arguments, God's days.—1 Kings xxi. 27. 29. Complaint against, and Reasoning Ezra said, I am ashamed, and blush with Sinners : his Threatenings and to lift up my face to thee, my God: Judgments against Sin and Sinners. for our iniquities are increased over
our head, and our trespasses, &c.1. What Sin is.
Ezra ix. 5, &c. x. 6. 2 Kings xxii. By the law is the knowledge of sin. 11. 13. 19. Rom. iii. 20. vii. 7. 13.
Nehemiah confesseth thus : Both I Sin is the transgression of the law. and my father's house have sinned : -1 John iii. 4.
we have dealt very corruptly against All unrighteousness is sin.-1 John thee, and have not kept, &c. -Neh. i.
6, 7. ix. 16, &c. Whosoever shall keep the whole Job saith, I have sinned: what law, and yet offend in one point, he shall I do unto thee, thou preserver is guilty of all.-James ii. 10. of men ?-Job vii. 20. ix. 2, 3.
If any say, I have sinned, and perII. To confess our Sins unto God; verted that which was right, and it
both our own and others ; and to profited me not. He will deliver his mourn for them.
soul, &c.—Job xxxiii. 27, 28. And Moses returned unto the Lord, Job answered the Lord, and said,
Behold, I am vile : what shall I to fall upon you, &c. Only acknowanswer thee? I will lay mine handledge thine iniquity, that thou hast upon my mouth.—Job xi. 3, 4.
transgressed against the Lord thy I acknowledged my sin unto thee; God, and hast scattered thy ways, &c. and mine iniquity have I not hid: - Jer. iii. 12, 13. 1 Sam. xii. 9, 10. I said, I will confess my trans If ye will not hear it, my soul gressions unto the Lord; and thou shall weep in secret places for your forgavest the iniquity of my sin.-- pride, and mine eyes shall weep sore. Ps. xxxii. 5.
-Jer. xiii. 17. I will declare mine iniquity : I will O Lord, though our iniquities tesbe sorry for my sin.-Ps. xxxviii. 18, tify against us, do thou it for thy
For I acknowledge my transgres- name's sake : for our backslidings sions, and my sin is ever before me. are many; we have sinned against Against thee only have I sinned, and thee, &c. We acknowledge, O Lord, done this evil in thy sight, &c.— our wickedness, and the iniquity of Ps. li. 3—5.
our fathers : for we have sinned We have sinned with our fathers : against thee.-Jer. xiv. 7. 20. we have committed iniquity, &c. The Lord is righteous, for I have Ps. coi. 6.
rebelled against his commandment, Horror hath taken hold upon me, &c. My heart is turned within me : because of the wicked that forsake for I have grievously rebelled. thy law, &c. Rivers of water run Lam. i. 18. 20. iii. 42. down mine eyes, because they keep The crown is fallen from our head : not thy law, &c. I beheld the trans- woe unto us that we have sinned.gressors, and was grieved : because Lam. v. 16. they keep not thy word.-Ps. cxix. Set a mark upon the foreheads of 53. 136. 158. Neh. xiii. 7, 8. Jer. ix. the men that sigh, and that cry for 1, 2. Gen. xxxiv, 7. Mark iii. 5. all the abominations that be done in Jer. xiii. 17. Ps. cxxxix. 21, 22. the midst thereof.-Ezek. ix. 4.
If thou shouldest mark iniquities, Ye shall remember your ways, &c. O Lord, who shall stand.-Ps. cxxx. 3. and ye shall loathe yourselves in your
He that covereth his sins shall not own sight, for all your evils that ye prosper : but whoso confesseth and have committed. Ezek. XX. 43. forsaketh them, shall have mercy.- xvi. 63. Prov. xxviii. 13.
I prayed unto the Lord my God, Our transgressions are multiplied and made my confession, &c. We have before thee, and our sins testify sinned and have committed iniquity, against us, &c. In transgressing and &c.--Dan. ix. 3—6.15. lying against the Lord, and departing I will go and return to my place away from our God, &c.—Isa. lix. till they acknowledge their offence, 12, 13.
and seek my face.--Hosea v. 15. Behold thou art wrath, for we have Turn ye unto me with all your sinned, &c. We are all as an unclean heart, with fasting, with weeping, thing : and all our righteousnesses are and with mourning. Rend your hearts, as filthy rags, &c.- Isa. lxiv. 5—7. and not your garments.-Joel ii.
Yet thou sayest, Because I am 12, 13. innocent, surely his anger shall turn Blessed are they that mourn, for from me. Behold, I will plead with they shall be comforted.—Matt. v. 4. thee, because thou sayest, I have not Peter remembered the words of sinned.—Jer. ii. 35.
Jesus, which said unto him, Before Go, and proclaim these words, &c. the cock crow thou shalt deny me Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith thrice: and he went out and wept the Lord : I will not cause my anger bitterly.-Matt. xxvi. 75.
The prodigal son said, I will arise Lord, and he shall lift you up.and go to my father, and I will say James iv. 9, 10. unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and III. Depart from Sin, and all Apam no more worthy to be called thy pearance of it: hate it, and avoid son, &c.-Luke xv. 18, 19. 21.
the Occasions of it. The Reasons And many that believed came and
thereof. confessed, and shewed their deeds.- THERE shall not be found among you, Acts xix. 18.
&c. that useth divination, or an obPaul made confession of his being server of times, or an enchanter, or a persecutor of the saints.-Acts xxii. a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter 4, 5. 19, 20. Gal. i. 13, 14. with familiar spirits, &c. All that
I rejoice not that ye were made do these things are an abomination sorry, but that ye sorrowed to re- unto the Lord, &c. - Deut. xviii. pentance : for ye were sorry after a 10–12. 14. godly manner (or according to God), When Adam had sinned, he hid &c. ' For godly sorrow worketh re- himself, was afraid, because naked. pentance to salvation not to be re- Gen. iii. 8. 10. Exod. xxxii. 25. pented of : but the sorrow of the Abimelech said unto Isaac, What world worketh death, &c. Ye sor- is this thou hast done unto us? one rowed after a godly sort, what care- of the people might lightly have lain fulness it wrought in you, yea, what with thy wife, and thou shouldest clearing of yourselves; yea, what have brought guiltiness upon us. indignation, yea, what fear, yea, And Abimelech charged all his peowhat vehement desire, yea, what zeal, ple, saying, He that touches this yea, what revenge ? 2 Cor. vii. man or his wife shall surely be put 9-11.
to death.-Gen. xxvi. 10, 11. XX. And lest when I come again, my 2, &c. God will humble me among you, and
When Joseph had been tempted to that I shall bewail many which have sin by Potiphar's wife, he answered sinned already, &c.—2 Cor. xii. 21. her, How then can I do this great
Many walk, of whom I have told wickedness, and sin against God? you often, and now tell you weeping, &c. And when she laid hold on him, that they are the enemies, &c. he fled from her.-Gen. xxxix. 7--12. Phil. iii. 18.
See the Ten Commandments. Delivered just Lot, vexed with the Exod. xx. filthy conversation of the wicked; Thou shalt not follow a multitude for that righteous man dwelling to do evil.—Exod. xxiii. 2. amongst them, in seeing and hearing, And be sure your sin will find you vexed his righteous soul from day to out.-Numb. xxxii. 23. Gen. xliv. day with their unlawful deeds. - 16. Josh, vii. 1. 5. 11, 12. 24–26. 2 Pet. ii. 7, 8.
Job xxxiv. 22. Ps. xliv. 20, 21. If we say we have no sin, we de- Jonah i. 4–6. 1 Kings ii. 24, 25. ceive ourselves, and the truth is not 28. 31, &c. in us. If we confess our sins, he is If one man sin against another, faithful and just to forgive us our the judge shall judge him : but if a sins, and to cleanse us from all un man sin against the Lord, who shall righteousness. If we say we have entreat for him ?- 1 Sam. ii. 25. not sinned, we make him a liar, and Tamar, sister of Amnon, being his word is not in us.- 1 John i. tempted, said, Do not thou this folly. 8–10.
-2 Sam. xiii. 11-13. Be afflicted, mourn and weep, hum I have kept the ways of the Lord, ble yourselves in the sight of the and have not wickedly departed from
my God. I have kept myself from lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogemine iniquity.—2 Sam, xxii. 22. 24. ther, &c.—Ps. cxxxix. 2-4.
The drinking was according to the My son, if sinners entice thee, law, none did compel, but according consent thou not. If they say, Come to every man's pleasure.--Esth. i. 8. with us, &c. walk thou not in the
Job feared God, and eschewed evil. way with them. Refrain thy foot -Job i. 1. 8.
from their path: for their feet run to To depart from evil is understand- evil.—Prov. i. 10–17. ing-Job xxviii. 28.
Enter not into the path of the I made a covenant with mine eyes : wicked, and go not in the way of evil why then should I think upon a men: avoid it, pass not by it; turn maid ? -Job xxxi. 1.
from it, and pass away: for, &c.Stand in awe, and sin not.-Ps. iv. 4. Prov. iv. 14–16.
For thou art not a God that hath The lips of a strange woman drop pleasure in wickedness, neither shall as an honey-comb, &c. Remove thy eyil dwell with thee, &c. thou hatest way far from her, and come not nigh all workers of iniquity.—Ps. v. 4, 5. the door of her house; lest, &c.—
I kept myself from mine iniquity. Prov. v. 3—5. 8, &c. vi. 2. 4. 25. 29. -Ps. xviii. 23.
32, 33. vii. 5, &c. xxii. 14. xxiii. 27, I have hated the congregation of 28. ii. 16–18. ix. 13, &c. evil doers, &c. I will wash mine The fear of the Lord is, to hate hands in innocency, and so will I evil.—Prov. viji. 13. iii. 7. compass thine altar, O Lord.-Ps.
Wickedness overthroweth the sinxxvi. 5, 6.
ner.-Prov. xiii. 6. Depart from evil, and do good. Fools make a mock at sin, &c. A Ps. xxxiv. 14. xxxvii. 27.
wise man feareth and departeth from He prophesied of Christ thus : evil, &c. Sin is a reproach to any Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest people, (or nation).—Prov. xiv. 9. wickedness.-Ps. xlv. 7. Heb. i. 8, 9. 16. 34. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The
of the Lord are in every the Lord will not hear me.-Ps. xlvi. place, beholding the evil and the 18. John ix. 31.
good.-Prov. xv. 3. He will speak peace unto his peo By the fear of the Lord men depart ple, but let them not turn again to from evil.-Prov. xvi. 6. folly.-Ps. lxxxv. 8.
With a furious man thou shalt not Holiness becomes thine house, O go, lest thou learn his ways, &c.Lord, for ever.-Ps. xciii. 5.
Prov. xxii. 24, 25. Ye that love the Lord, hate evil. Whosoever confesseth and forsakPs. xcvii. 10.
eth his sins, shall have mercy.-I will walk within my house with Proy. xxviii. 13. a perfect beart: I will set no wicked To what purpose is the multitude thing before mine eyes. - Ps. ci. of your sacrifices unto me? &c. Bring 2, 3.
no more vain oblations, &c. Wash Thy word have I hid in my heart, ye, make ye clean, put away the evil that I might not sin against thee, &c. of your doings from before mine eyes: I have refrained my feet from every cease to do evil.- Isa. i. 11-16. evil way, &c. I hate every false way. Jer. vi. 19, 20. -Ps. cxix. 11. 101. 104.
Let the wicked forsake his way, Thou knowest my downsitting, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and my uprising : thou understandest &c.—Isa. lv. 7. my thoughts afar off. Thou, &c. art Is not this the fast which I have acquainted with all my ways : for chosen, to loose the bands of wickedthere is not a word in my tongue, but ness ? &c.—Isa. lviïi. 6.
The Lord's hand is not shortened, ways; for why will ye die? &c.— &c. but your iniquities have separa- Ezek. xxxiii. 11. 14–16. 18, 19. ted between you and your God: and Seek good and not evil, that ye may your sins have hid his face from you live, &c. hate the evil, and love the that be will not hear.- Isa. lix. 1, 2. good.--Amos v. 14, 15. Josh. vii. 11-13.
Thou art of purer eyes than to beHe that killeth an ox, is as if he hold evil, and canst not look on inislew a man, &c. they have chosen quity.—Hab. i. 13. their own ways, and their soul de Be ye not as your fathers, unto lighteth in their abominations.- Isa. whom the former prophets have cried, lxvi. 3. Jer. vi. 19, 20.
&c. Turn ye now from your evil Thine own wickedness shall core ways, and from your evil doings: but rect thee, &c. Know therefore and they did not hear, nor hearken unto see, that it is an evil thing and bitter, me, saith the Lord.-Zech. i. 4. that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy Whosoever looketh on a woman to God.-Jer. ii. 19.
lust after her, hath committed adulO Jerusalem, wash thine heart from tery with her already in his heart: wickedness, that thou mayest be sa- and if thy right eye offend thee, pluck ved: how long shall thy vain thoughts it out, and cast it from thee, &c. and lodge within thee? &c. Thy way if thy right hand offend thee, cut it and thy doings have procured these off.—Matt. v. 28—30. things unto thee: this is thy wicked Behold, thou art made whole: sin ness, because it is bitter, because it no more, lest a worse thing come reacheth unto thine heart.-Jer. iv. unto thee.—John v. 14. Ps. lxxxv. 14. 18.
8. Ezra ix. 14. Your iniquities have turned away Jesus said unto the woman taken these things: and your sins have in adultery, Neither do I condemn withholden good things from you. thee: go, and sin no more, &c. Vefor among my people are found wick- rily I say unto you, whosoever comed men-Jer. y. 25, 26.
mitteth sin is the servant of sin.Thus saith the Lord, Amend your John viii. 4. 11. 34. ways and your doings, and I will Thou that preachest a man should cause you to dwell in this place. not steal, dost thou steal? thou that Trust ye not in lying words, saying, sayest a man should not commit adulThe temple of the Lord, &c. for if tery, dost thou commit adultery? &c. ye thoroughly amend your ways, &c. Rom. ii. 21, &c. then will I cause you to dwell in this Not (as some affirm that we say) place, &c. Will ye steal, murder, Let us do evil that good may come: and commit adultery, &c. and come whose damnation is just.—Rom. iii. 8. and stand before me in this house? What shall we say then ? Shall we &c.—Jer. vii. 3-5.7-10.
continue in sin, that grace may It may
be that the house of Judah abound? God forbid. How shall we will hear all the evil that I purpose that are dead to sin, live any longer to do unto them, that they may return therein ? &c. Our old man is cruciñed every man from his evil way, that I with him, &c. that henceforth we may forgive their iniquity and their should not serve sin, &c. Reckon ye sin.-Jer. xxxvi. 2, 3.
also yourselves to be dead indeed unto Repent and turn yourselves from sin, &c. Let not sin reign therefore all your transgressions, so iniquity in your mortal body, that ye should shall not be your ruin. Cast away obey it in the lusts thereof: neither from you all your transgressions, &c. yield ye your members as instruments -Ezek. xviii. 30, 31.
of unrighteousness unto sin, &c. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil What then ? shall we sin because we