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Oh, that our heads were waters, and our eyes fountains of tears, that we might weep day and night for our transgressions.k

Our iniquities are gone over our heads as a heavy burden, they are too heavy for us ;l but weary and heavy laden under this burden, we come to Christ, who has promised that in him we shall find rest to our souls.m

Oh, that knowing, every man, the plague of his own heart,n we may look unto him, whom we have pierced by our sins, and may mourn, and be in bitterness for them, as one that is in bitterness for a first-born ;o that we may sorrow after a godly sort, with that sorrow which worketh repentance unto salvation not to be repented of. n

And, oh, that we may bring forth fruits meet for repentance.q

k Jerem. ix. 1. (Psalm xxxviii. 4. m Matt. xi 29. n 1 Kings viii. 38. o Zech, xii. 10. p 2 Corinthians vii. 10. q Matt, iü. 8.

CHAPTER III.

Petition.

T ORD, all our desire is before thee, and

I our groaning is not hid from thee ja even the groanings which cannot be uttered: for he that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit.6

Lord, we come to thee, as the poor publican, that stood afar off, and would not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast : and we pray his prayer, God be merciful to us sinners.c

The God of infinite mercy be merciful unto us. Oh, wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin, for we acknowledge our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us.d

Oh,purge us with hysopand we shall be clean, wash us and we shall be whiter than snow; hide thy face from our sins, and blot out our iniquities. Be thou merciful to our unrighteousness, and our sins and our iniquities do thou remember no more.e

Let us be justified freely by thy grace, f through the redemption that is in Jesus. Blot

a Psalm xxxviii. 9. b Rom. viii. 26, 27. o Luke xviii. 13 d Psalm. li. 2, 3,7. e Heb. viü. 12. f Rom. iii. 21.

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out as a cloud our transgressions, and as a thick cloud our sins.ga

Enter not into judgment with thy servants, O Lord, for in thy sight shall no flesh living be justified.h

Take away all our iniquity, and receive us graciously ; heal our backslidings, and love us freely, and let thine anger be turned away from us.i

Thou Lord art good, and ready to forgive;k and rich in mercy to all them that call upon thee. Thou art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering and plenteous in mercy and truth. For who is a God like unto thee, that pardonest iniquity, and passest by the transgression of the remnant of thine heritage ; who retainest not thine anger for ever, because thou delightest in mercy. Oh, that thou wouldst have compassion upon us, and subdue our iniquities, and cast all our sins into the depth of the sea.

We have sinned, but we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, who is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.m

We desire to count every thing loss for Christ, that we may win him, and be found

& Isa. xliv. 22. b Psalm cxliii. 2. ¿ Hos, xiv. 4. k Psalm lxxxvi 5, 15, 1 Mic. vii. 18, 19, m 1 John ii. 1, 2.

in him, not having our own righteousness, but that which is through the faith of Christ.n

To thee, Lord our God, belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against thee.o

For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon our iniquity, for it is great.p

For innumerable evils have compassed us about, our iniquities have taken hold upon us, so that we are not able to look up. Be pleas. ed, O Lord, to deliver us ; O Lord, make haste to help us.g

Oh, let us have the blessedness of those, whose transgression is forgiven, and whose sin is covered ; of that man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.r

Oh, let us have redemption thro' Christ's blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of thy grace. Being justified by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and through him let us have access into that grace, wherein be. lievers stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.s

Oh, let us acquaint ourselves with thee, and be at peace, that thereby good may come unto us.t

n Phil. iii. 7, 8, 9, o Dan ix. 8. p Psalm xxv. 11, 9 Psalm xl. 12, 13. r Psalm xxxii. 1, 2,

Rom. viii. 1,2, Job xxii. 21.

Heal us, and we shall be healed ; save us, and we shall be saved; for thou art our praise.u

Be not angry with us for ever, but receive us again, that thy people may rejoice in thee. Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.w

Be thou to us a God, and take us to be to thee a people,x and make us a willing people in the day of thy power.y

We intreat thy favor, O God, with our whole hearts ;z be merciful to us according to thy word ; for in thy favor is life, yea, thy loving-kindness is better than life itself.a

Lord make thy face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. Lord lift up the light of thy countenance upon us and give us peace.b

O God, be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause thy face to shine upon us.c

The Lord that made heaven and earth, bless us out of Zion ;d bless us with all spirit. ual blessings in heavenly things by Christ Jesus.e

Oh, that thou wouldst bless us indeed.f

Command the blessing upon us, even life for ever more :g for thou blessest, O Lord, and it shall be blessed.h

u Jer, xvii. 14, w Psal lxxxv. 5,6. Heb. viji 10 y Psalm cx. 8. 2 Psal. cxix. 58, a Psal Ixiii. 3. , b Numb. vi. 25, 26. c Psal. Ixvii. 1. d Psal. cxxxiv. 3. é Eph i 3 f. 1 Chron iy. 10. Psalm cxxxiii. 3. bi Chron. xvij. 27.

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