Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners.(A) They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors.(B)

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We have sinned,(A) even as our ancestors(B) did;
    we have done wrong and acted wickedly.(C)

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12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north:(A)

“‘Return,(B) faithless(C) Israel,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’(D) declares the Lord,
    ‘I will not be angry(E) forever.
13 Only acknowledge(F) your guilt—
    you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
you have scattered your favors to foreign gods(G)
    under every spreading tree,(H)
    and have not obeyed(I) me,’”
declares the Lord.

14 “Return,(J) faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.(K) I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion. 15 Then I will give you shepherds(L) after my own heart,(M) who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.

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20 We acknowledge(A) our wickedness, Lord,
    and the guilt of our ancestors;(B)
    we have indeed sinned(C) against you.

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15 Then I will return to my lair(A)
    until they have borne their guilt(B)
    and seek my face(C)
in their misery(D)
    they will earnestly seek me.(E)

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18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned(A) against heaven and against you.

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins(A) and purify us from all unrighteousness.(B)

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