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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 6624 confession, of sin
6624 confession, of sin

6624 confession, of sin

An admission of sin on the part of individuals or groups of people. Genuine repentance and confession herald divine forgiveness.

Confession of sin leads to divine forgiveness

Under the old covenant Pr 28:13 See also Lev 16:21 Part of the ritual of the Day of Atonement involved the high priest confessing the sins of the nation, while laying his hands on the head of a sacrificial goat; Lev 26:40-42; 1Ki 8:33-36 pp 2Ch 6:24-27; 1Ki 8:46-52 pp 2Ch 6:36-39; Ps 32:3-5

Under the new covenant 1Jn 1:8-10 See also Jas 5:13-16

Confession of sin accompanied by acts appropriate to repentance

Nu 5:5-8 See also Lev 5:5-6; Ezr 10:10-11; Ne 9:1-3; Lk 19:8; Ac 19:18-19

Examples of confession of sin

On behalf of the nation Ne 1:5-7 See also Ezr 9:5-15; Isa 59:12-13; Isa 64:6-7; Jer 14:7,20; Da 9:4-14

By the people as a whole 1Sa 7:5-6 See also Ezr 9:4-7,10-15; Ne 9:33-35; Ps 106:6; Jer 3:24-25

By individuals Ps 51:1-5 See also 2Sa 24:10 pp 1Ch 21:10; 2Sa 24:17 pp 1Ch 21:17; Job 7:20; Job 42:5-6; Isa 6:5

Confession of sin to other people

Jos 7:20-21 See also Lk 15:17-24; Jas 5:16

See also

8407confession of Christ
8607prayer, God’s promises
8625worship, acceptable attitudes

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