Of Confession of Sin
Psalm 38:18
For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

I. WHAT CONFESSION OF SIN IS. It is a declaration of acknowledgment of some moral evil or fault to another.


1. It is a necessary part of repentance, that we should confess our sins to God, with a due sense of the evil of them (Proverbs 28:18; 1 John 1:9).

2. As for our confessing our sins to men, both Scripture and reason do, in some cases, recommend and enjoin it.

(1) In order to the obtaining of the prayers of good men for us (James 5:16).

(2) In order to the ease and satisfaction of our minds, and our being directed in our duty for the future.

(3) In case our sins have been public and scandalous, both reason and the practice of the Christian Church do require, that, when men have publicly offended, they should give public satisfaction and open testimony of their repentance.

(J. Tillotson.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

WEB: For I will declare my iniquity. I will be sorry for my sin.

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