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1 Kings  11: 3
He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.
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Genesis  50: 15 - 21
15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?"  16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions before he died:  17 'This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.' Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father." When their message came to him, Joseph wept. 
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. "We are your slaves," they said. 
19 But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?  20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  21 So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. 

Leviticus  26: 13
13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high. 

1 Kings  1: 52 - 53
52 Solomon replied, "If he shows himself to be a worthy man, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die."  53 Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, "Go to your home." 

1 Chronicles  21: 8
8 Then David said to God, "I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing." 

2 Chronicles  7: 14
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 

2 Chronicles  33: 12 - 13
12 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.  13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God. 

Psalm  32: 1 - 2
1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. 

Psalm  51: 1 - 7
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. 
5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. 
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 

Matthew  6: 14 - 15
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. 

Matthew  18: 21 - 35
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 
22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 
23 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.  25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 
26 "The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.'  27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 
28 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. 
29 "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 
30 "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.  31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 
32 "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'  34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 
35 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." 

Mark  1: 5
5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 

Luke  11: 4
4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'" 

Luke  15: 20 - 32
20 So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  21 "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 
22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.  24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. 
25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.  26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  27 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' 
28 "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.  29 But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 
31 " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' " 

Luke  23: 34
34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 

John  8: 7 - 11
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."  8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.  10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 
11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." 

Romans  4: 6 - 8
6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:  7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him." 

Romans  6: 1 - 5
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 
5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 

Romans  12: 17 - 21
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord.  20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."  21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 

Ephesians  4: 32
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 

Hebrews  10: 10 - 17
10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.  13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,  14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:  16 "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."  17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." 

1 John  2: 2
2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.