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escaped the notice of the Bible student that some of its most striking petitions are addressed from man to man : such, perhaps, cannot, strictly speaking, be called prayers, which, in the highest acceptation of the term, are direct addresses to God; but as many of them may be turned into prayers, and all of them will furnish material for supplication, they are included in the present volume. The Compiler trusts her reasons for so doing will be accepted by those who might object that she has not rigidly adhered to the precise wording of her title.

To the Lord, in whose cause the work has been undertaken, it is now committed, with the feeling that in whatever way the Christian public may receive it, the hours of pleasant labour spent in its compilation cannot altogether be in vain. For the writer of this introduction, knowing as he does, that the diligent search of the Scriptures necessary for such a work has been, under God, profitable to the compiler, and believing that the volume itself may also tend to the comfort and edification of others, nothing remains but to commend it to the blessing of Him “without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy.”

CHARLES DENT BELL, M.A. Hastings.

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BIBLE PRAYERS.

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SCRIPTURE CONFESSIONS.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us : if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John i. 8, 9.

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SCRIPTURE CONFESSIONS.

I. INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION OF SINS AGAINST

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GOD. I do remember my faults this day.—Gen. xli. 9.

Unclean, unclean.—Lev. xiii. 45.

I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me; now therefore if it displease thee, I will get me back again.Numb. xxii. 34.

Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done.Joshua vii. 20.

I have sinned, behold I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.—1 Sam. xxvi. 21.

I have sinned against the Lord.—2 Sam. xii. 13.

I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing, but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant, for I have done very foolishly.-1 Chron. xxi. 8.

What is man that thou shouldst magnify him ? and that thou shouldst set thine heart upon him ? and that thou shouldst visit him every

morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me nor let me alone ? 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? and why dost thou not pardon my transgression and take away mine iniquity ? for now shall I sleep in the dust, and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.—Job vii. 17–21.

I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not.—Job xxxiii. 27.

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.—Job xxxiv. 31, 32.

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken, but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.Job xl. 4, 5.

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak ; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee, wherefore I abhor myself, and

repent in dust and ashes.-Job xlii. 4, 5. For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.-Ps. xxv. 11.

My life is spent with grief and my years with

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