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4. but confess them
4. They shall confess their sin which they have with an hum- done. Nu. v. 7. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, ble, lowly, penitent, and
that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy obedient God. Je. iii. 13. I will go and return to my heart;
place, till they acknowledge their offence. Ho. v. 15. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit ; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ps. li. 17. O my God, I am ashamed, and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God. Ezr. ix. 6. The publican standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon
his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. Lu. xviii. 13. Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly. Ps. cxxxviii. 6. I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job xlii. 6. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice, he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee. De. iv. 30, 31.— See also 1 Ki. xxi. 29.—2 Ki. xx. 1-19.-2 Ch. xxxij. 25, 26.—xxxiii. 12–16.-Is. vi. 5.—La. iii. 40, 42, 43.—Matt. xi. 29.
5. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the may obtain
Lord ; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Ps. forgiveness of xxxii. 5. Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the the same, by his infinite Lord ; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon goodness and
you, for I am merciful. Je. iii. 12. If my people shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin. 2 Ch. vii. 14. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts ; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him ; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Is. lv. 7. Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Ps. lxxxvi. 5.- See also, Is. i. 18. - Ac. üü. 19.
6. I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made though we ought at all my confession. Da. ix. 4.
I acknowledge my tnies humbly transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
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Ps. li. 3. My son, give glory to the Lord God of ledge our sins before God; Israel, and make confession unto him. Jos, vii. 19.
There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Ec. vii. 20. In many things we offend all. Ja. iii. 2. My sins have taken such hold upon me that I am not able to look up; yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me. Ps. xl. 15. God commandeth all men every where to
repent. Ac. xvii. 30. 7. yet ought 7. I have chosen and sanctified this house, that chiefly so to my name may be there for ever; and mine eyes co, when we and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 2 Ch. assemble and
vii. 16. Call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord. Joel i. 14. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord; say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously ; so will we render the calves of our lips. Ho. xiv. 2. God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. Ps. lxxxix. 7. We will go into his tabernacle ; and fall low on our knees before his footstool. Ps. cxxxii. 7.— See also, Ac. xi. 26.-- Ex. iii. 5.
Ac. ii. 41, 42. 46. 8. to render 8. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and thanks for tie great be- into his courts with praise ; be thankful unto him, netts that we and bless his name. Ps. c. 4. Give thanks unto at his hands, the Lord, call upon his name, make known his
deeds among the people : sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. i Ch. xvi. 8, 9. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction ; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies. Ps. ciii. 2, 3, 4. I will give thee thanks in the great congregation ; I will praise thee among much people. Ps.
xxxv. 18.- See also, Ps, xxi. 22.-Is. Ixiii. 7. 9. to set 9. Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion. Ps. forth his most vertbypraise, Ixv. 1. Praise God in his sanctuary ; praise Him
10. to hear
for his mighty acts; praise him according to his
10. When all Israel is come to appear before the his most holy Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose,
thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing; gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law. De. xxxi. 11, 12. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 1 Th. v. 27. Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath-day. Ac. xv. 21. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. Ne. viii. 8. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, and stood up for to read. Lu. iv. 16. The next sabbath-day, came almost the whole city together to hear the Word of God. Ac. xiii. 44. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein. Re. i. 3.- See also, John viii. 43.
11. Mine house shall be called a house of prayer things which for all people. Is. lvi. 7.-See also, Mar. xi. 17. are requisite Mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto sary, as well the prayer that is made in this place. 2 Ch. vii. 15. for the body Ye people, pour out your heart before him; God
is a refuge for us. P's. Ixii. 8. In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Ph. iv. 6. Give us day by day our daily bread. Lu. xi. 3.
11. and to ask those
fose I pray
Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matt. vi. 8. Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matt. vii. 7. My God shall supply all your need, according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus. Ph. iv. 19. 12. Where- 12. We are ambassadors for Christ, as though and beseech
God did beseech you by us; we pray you in you, as many Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Co. v. 20. present, I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and
gentleness of Christ. 2 Co. x. 1. O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Ps. xcv. 6.-See also, He. xiii.
17.- Matt. xviii. 19. 13. to ac- 13. I had gone with the multitude, I went with Company me them to the house of God, with a multitude that hears, and kept holy-day. Ps. xlii. 4. The Lord spake, humble voice.
saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh
throne. the heavenly Is. Ixvi. 1. Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, saying
and find grace to help in time of need. He. iv. 16.
Thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat. Ex. xxv. 21, 22. Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John vi. 37.
14. unto the throne of
after me ;
2. We have erred, and
II. The general Confession. 1. Almighty 1. Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer merciful Fa- Is. lxiii. 16. I will receive you, and will be a ther;
Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Co. vi. 17,
Thou, Lord, art good and ready to forgive,
plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Ps. lxxxvi. 5. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. 2 Co. i. 3. Be ye merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Lu, vi. 36.
2. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord strayed from your God hath commanded you. De. v. 33. The thy ways like lost sheep.
wicked are estranged from the womb, they go astray as soon as they be born. Ps. lviji. 3. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way. Is. liii. 6. I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Ps. cxix. 176. My people hath been lost sheep ; they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. Je. 1. 6. Ye were as sheep going astray ; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 1 Pe. ii. 25.
3. There are many devices in a man's heart. Pr. much the de- xix. 21. The imagination of man's heart is evil vices and der from his youth. Ge. viii. 21. Children of disobeown hearts. dience, among whom also we all had our conversa
tion in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Ep. ii. 2, 3. They said, we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. Je. xviii. 12. Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Ja. i. 14. See also, Ge. vi. 5.—Ec. viii. 11.-Pr. xii. 2.-Je. viii. 6.
4. Walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments,
and do them. Ez. xx. 19. The law is holy, and against thy holy laws. the commandment holy, and just, and good. Ro.
vii. 12. We have offended against the Lord, our trespass is great. 2 Ch. xxviii. 13. I acknow
3. We have followed too
4. We have offended