In this article, we will be sharing with you some important bible verses about repentance. As sinners, we all need to repent and turn back to God.
Before we look at some bible verses that talks about repentance, you need to fully understand that repentance is not about making yourself feel guilty or ashamed. It is about turning away from your sin and turning back to God. You should also confess your sin to God and ask Him to forgive you.
These verses will encourage you to do just that.
Bible Verses About Repentance KJV
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins
It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people
And they went out, and preached that men should repent
For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance
Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts
If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent
I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth
Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel
But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity
I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee
Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel
The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God
Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee
Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance
When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse
1 Corinthians 15:9
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish
2 Corinthians 7:9-11
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee
Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee
For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me
But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found
Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back
And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,
Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you
O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph
And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed
Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up
For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin
1 Peter 2:25
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls
We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly
I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity
2 Timothy 2:25
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?
What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul
Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth
And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance
I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments
If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee
And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes
And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart
We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations
He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding
What does the Bible say about repentance KJV?
“Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'” (Ezekiel 33:11).
This verse is a call for the Israelites to repent. God does not delight in the death of the wicked but desires that they turn from their ways.
What does it mean to repent biblically?
“Repentance is not only turning from sin but also turning to God. It is a change of mind that leads to a change in action. Repentance always involves a sense of sorrow for sin and a desire to obey God,” (see Acts 20:21).
This definition tells us that repentance is more than just feeling sorry for our sins, it is also a change of mind that leads to a change in action. We should have a desire to obey God when we repent.
How to submit yourself to God
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up,” (James 4:8-10).
This passage tells us that when we repent, we should humble ourselves before the Lord. He will then lift us up.
How do you repent and ask God for forgiveness?
1. Turn from your wicked ways. – 1 John 1:9 ESV “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
2. Admit that you are a sinner. – Romans 3:23 ESV “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
3. Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. – Romans 5:8 ESV “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
4. Ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart. – Romans 10:13 ESV “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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