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Before Confession

(PSALMS 11:4-5,7) (NIV)
The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.

(PSALMS 15:1-3 NIV)
(1) Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? (2) He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart (3) and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbour no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,

(PSALMS 19:12-13 NIV)
(12) Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. (13) Keep your servant also from wilful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

(PSALMS 24:3-5 NIV)
(3) Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? (4) He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. (5) He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Saviour.

(PSALMS 51:15-17 NIV)
(15) O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. (16) You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. (17) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

(PSALMS 139:1-4 NIV)
(1) O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. (2) You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. (3) You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. (4) Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.

(JEREMIAH 2:9a,13) (NIV)
"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

(EZEKIEL 18:31) (NIV)
Rid yourselves of all the offences you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel?

(JOEL 2:12-13 NIV)
(12) "Even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." (13) Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

(1 JOHN 1:8)
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (NIV)