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Scripture provides examples to illustrate the importance of repentance for individuals and communities.
Examples of individual repentance Nu 22:31-35 Balaam; 2Sa 24:10 pp 1Ch 21:8 David, after taking a census; 1Ki 21:27-29 Ahab; 2Ki 22:19 Josiah; Job 42:6 Job; Ps 51:1-17 David, following his adultery with Bathsheba; Lk 15:21 the prodigal son; Lk 18:13 the tax collector in the temple; Mt 26:75 pp Mk 14:72 pp Lk 22:61-62 Peter’s sorrow after denying Jesus Christ; Jn 21:15-17 Peter’s confession and reinstatement; Ac 8:22-24 Simon the sorcerer’s repentance may not have been genuine.
Examples of corporate repentance Jer 18:7-8; Mt 3:1-6 pp Mk 1:1-6 pp Lk 3:1-6 See also Nu 21:7 Israel in the desert; Jdg 10:15-16 Israel in the time of the judges; 1Sa 7:3-4 Israel, after asking for a king; Isa 19:22 Egypt turns to God in repentance; Ac 9:32-35 the people of Lydda and Sharon
Leaders encouraged corporate repentance Ezr 10:1 See also 2Ki 23:1-7 Josiah leads Judah in repentance; 2Ch 15:8-15 Asa leads Judah in repentance; 2Ch 30:6-9 Hezekiah leads Israel and Judah in repentance; Ezr 10:10-12 Following the exile, Ezra leads the Israelites in repentance; Jnh 3:6-8 The king of Nineveh leads the people in repentance.
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