What the Holy Bible says about repentance and forgiveness of sins.


If my people, upon whom my name is invoked, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from the heavens and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Look upon my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins. (Psalm 25:18)

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and I have not hid my iniquity. I said, I will confess (against myself) my rebellions unto the LORD, and thou shalt forgive the iniquity of my sin. (Psalm 32:5)

Therefore I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. (Psalm 38:18)

I said, LORD, be merciful unto me; heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. (Psalm 41:4)

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my rebellion; and my sin is ever before me. (Psalm 51:2-3)

Therefore now amend your ways and your doings and hear the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD himself will repent of the evil that he has pronounced against you. (Jeremiah 26:13)

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he has committed and keep all my statutes and live according to judgment and righteousness, he shall surely live, he shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:21)

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each one according to his ways, said the Lord GOD. Repent and turn yourselves from all your iniquities, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. (Ezekiel 18:30)

And, when I am saying unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turns from his sin, and does judgment and righteousness; if the wicked restores the pledge, returns that which he had robbed, walks in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of his sins that he has committed shall be mentioned unto him. Has he lived according to judgment and righteousness? He shall surely live. (Ezekiel 33:14-16)

And God saw their works, because they turned from their evil way, and he repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3:10)

Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 3:2)

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance (Matthew 3:8)

Therefore go ye and learn what this is, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, for I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)

But what do you think? A certain man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not, but afterward he repented and went. And he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, I will go, Lord, and went not. Which of the two did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. (Matthew 21:28-31a)

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:15)

Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3b)

I say unto you that likewise there shall be more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine just persons, who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized each one of you into the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, for the times of refreshing of the presence of the Lord are come. (Acts 3:19)

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness and pray God, if perhaps this thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. (Acts 8:22)

For the times of this ignorance God overlooked, but he now commands all men everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30)

And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16)

For if we have been planted together in him [Jesus] in the likeness of his death [on the cross], we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection, knowing this: that our old man is crucified with him that the body of sin might be destroyed that we should not serve sin any longer. For he that is dead is justified from sin. (Romans 6:5-7)

Lest, when I [Paul] come again, my God will humble me among you [the Corinthians], and I would have to mourn over many who have sinned already and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. (2 Corinthians 12:21)

For it is impossible that those who once received the light and tasted of that heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit and likewise have tasted the good word of God and the virtue of the age to come, and have backslidden, be renewed again by repentance, crucifying again for themselves the Son of God and putting him to an open shame. [It’s a serious decision to repent and follow Jesus. To turn from Jesus to sin again has serious consequences.] (Hebrews 6:4-6)

The Lord is not late concerning his promise [to come again from heaven, in the same manner he went up 2,000 years ago], as some count lateness, but is patient with us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Remember, therefore, of that which thou hast received and heard and hold to it and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:3)

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19)