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An Act of CONFESSION. Behold thou art wroth, for we have sinned, and are all become as an unclean thing; for our righteousnesses are like filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
But thou, O Lord, art still our father: We are the clay, and thou our potter, and we are all the work of thy hands.
Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: Behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
Though our iniquities testify against us, yet, for thy name's sake,
deal mercifully with us, for our
, backslidings are many, whereby we have sinned against thee: Yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; therefore leave us not.
O thou hope of Israel, thou Savi. our in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land; and as a way-faring man that turneth aside, to tarry for a night; a man that is asleep, as a mighty man that cannot save? Be merciful, we beseech thee, to our unrighteousness, and our sins and our iniquities do thou remember no more.
Lord, I have been carnal, sold under sin, and in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: For the good which I would, I have
not done; but the evil, which ! would not, that have I done.
For I acknowledge and delight in thy law, after the inward man; but I feel another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin.
O wretched man that I am! Who. shall deliver me from the body of: this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord, for that, where sin hath abounded, there did his grace
much more abound. Thy goodness, O Lord, leadeth me to repentance, O give me such repentance, to the acknowledging the truth, that I may recover myself out of the snare of the Devil, 5
who have been taken captive by him at his will.
Let the time past of my life suffice, to have walked after my own will in lasciviousness, lusts, and excess, or any sort of luxury.
O Lamb of God, without blemish, and without spot, who hast redeemed me with thy precious blood; by that same blood, pity and save me; even for that blood, and that name's sake, besides which there is no other under Heaven given unto men, whereby we must be saved.
God, thou knowest my foolishness, and my faults are not hid
, ' from thee. All my desire is before thee, and thou hearest all my groanings. K 2
Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of Hosts, be ashamed for my 'cause ; let nor thein that seek thee be confounded through me, O Lord God of Israel.
Draw me out of the mire, that I sink not: 0. let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters; let not the waterflood drown me; neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.