What Does the Bible Say About Repentance? (42 Verses)

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  1. Acts 2:38 - "And Peter said to them, "Repent..."
  2. Mark 1:15 - "and saying, "The time is fulfilled,..."
  3. Acts 3:19 - "Repent therefore, and turn again, that..."
  4. 2 Corinthians 7:10 - "For godly grief produces a repentance..."
  5. 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "if my people who are called..."
  6. Isaiah 44:22 - "I have blotted out your transgressions..."
  7. Jonah 3:10 - "When God saw what they did,..."
  8. Proverbs 28:13 - "Whoever conceals his transgressions will not..."
  9. Acts 11:18 - "When they heard these things they..."
  10. Matthew 3:2 - ""Repent, for the kingdom of heaven..."
  11. Luke 13:3 - "No, I tell you; but unless..."
  12. Matthew 4:17 - "From that time Jesus began to..."
  13. 1 John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, he..."
  14. Acts 17:30 - "The times of ignorance God overlooked,..."
  15. Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is..."
  16. Revelation 2:5 - "Remember therefore from where you have..."
  17. Revelation 3:3 - "Remember, then, what you received and..."
  18. 2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slow to..."
  19. Revelation 3:19 - "Those whom I love, I reprove..."
  20. Luke 17:3 - "Pay attention to yourselves! If your..."
  21. Matthew 21:32 - "For John came to you in..."
  22. Matthew 3:8 - "Bear fruit in keeping with repentance...."
  23. Luke 24:46-48 - "and said to them, "Thus it..."
  24. Isaiah 30:15 - "For thus said the Lord GOD,..."
  25. Luke 5:31-32 - "And Jesus answered them, "Those who..."
  26. Acts 5:31 - "God exalted him at his right..."
  27. Acts 20:21 - "testifying both to Jews and to..."
  28. 2 Corinthians 7:9 - "As it is, I rejoice, not..."
  29. Romans 2:4 - "Or do you presume on the..."
  30. Luke 17:3-4 - "Pay attention to yourselves! If your..."
  31. Jeremiah 31:19 - "For after I had turned away,..."
  32. Acts 3:18-19 - "But what God foretold by the..."
  33. Romans 2:5 - "But because of your hard and..."
  34. Luke 15:7-10 - "Just so, I tell you, there..."
  35. Revelation 9:20 - "The rest of mankind, who were..."
  36. Revelation 16:9-11 - "They were scorched by the fierce..."
  37. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 - "As it is, I rejoice, not..."
  38. Matthew 3:1-2 - "In those days John the Baptist..."
  39. Ezekiel 18:32 - "For I have no pleasure in..."
  40. Acts 26:20 - "but declared first to those in..."
  41. Luke 24:47 - "and that repentance and forgiveness of..."
  42. Joel 2:12-13 - ""Yet even now," declares the LORD,..."

1. Acts 2:38

38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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2. Mark 1:15

15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

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3. Acts 3:19

19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

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4. 2 Corinthians 7:10

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

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5. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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

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6. Isaiah 44:22

22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.

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7. Jonah 3:10

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

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8. Proverbs 28:13

13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

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9. Acts 11:18

18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life."

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10. Matthew 3:2

2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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11. Luke 13:3

3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

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12. Matthew 4:17

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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13. 1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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14. Acts 17:30

30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

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15. Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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16. Revelation 2:5

5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

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17. Revelation 3:3

3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

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18. 2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

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19. Revelation 3:19

19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

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20. Luke 17:3

3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

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21. Matthew 21:32

32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

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22. Matthew 3:8

8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

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23. Luke 24:46-48

46 and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

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24. Isaiah 30:15

15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." But you were unwilling,

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25. Luke 5:31-32

31 And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."

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26. Acts 5:31

31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

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27. Acts 20:21

21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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28. 2 Corinthians 7:9

9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

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29. Romans 2:4

4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

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30. Luke 17:3-4

3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."

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31. Jeremiah 31:19

19 For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I slapped my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'

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32. Acts 3:18-19

18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

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33. Romans 2:5

5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

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34. Luke 15:7-10

7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

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35. Revelation 9:20

20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,

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36. Revelation 16:9-11

9 They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. 10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11 and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

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37. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

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38. Matthew 3:1-2

1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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39. Ezekiel 18:32

32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live."

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40. Acts 26:20

20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

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41. Luke 24:47

47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

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42. Joel 2:12-13

12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

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Table of Contents

  1. 2 Chronicles 7:14
  2. Proverbs 28:13
  3. Isaiah 30:15
  4. Isaiah 44:22
  5. Jeremiah 31:19
  6. Ezekiel 18:32
  7. Joel 2:12-13
  8. Jonah 3:10
  9. Matthew 3:2
  10. Matthew 3:8
  11. Matthew 3:1-2
  12. Matthew 4:17
  13. Matthew 21:32
  14. Mark 1:15
  15. Luke 5:31-32
  16. Luke 13:3
  17. Luke 15:7-10
  18. Luke 17:3
  19. Luke 17:3-4
  20. Luke 24:46-48
  21. Luke 24:47
  22. 1 John 1:9
  23. Acts 2:38
  24. Acts 3:19
  25. Acts 3:18-19
  26. Acts 5:31
  27. Acts 11:18
  28. Acts 17:30
  29. Acts 20:21
  30. Acts 26:20
  31. Romans 2:4
  32. Romans 2:5
  33. Romans 6:23
  34. 2 Corinthians 7:9
  35. 2 Corinthians 7:10
  36. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10
  37. 2 Peter 3:9
  38. Revelation 2:5
  39. Revelation 3:3
  40. Revelation 3:19
  41. Revelation 9:20
  42. Revelation 16:9-11

2 Chronicles 7:14

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

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Proverbs 28:13

13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

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Isaiah 30:15

15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." But you were unwilling,

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Isaiah 44:22

22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.

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Jeremiah 31:19

19 For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I slapped my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'

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Ezekiel 18:32

32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live."

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Joel 2:12-13

12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

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Jonah 3:10

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

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Matthew 3:2

2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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Matthew 3:8

8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

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Matthew 3:1-2

1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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Matthew 4:17

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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Matthew 21:32

32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

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Mark 1:15

15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

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Luke 5:31-32

31 And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."

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Luke 13:3

3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

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Luke 15:7-10

7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

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Luke 17:3

3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

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Luke 17:3-4

3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."

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Luke 24:46-48

46 and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

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Luke 24:47

47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

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1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Acts 2:38

38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Acts 3:19

19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

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Acts 3:18-19

18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

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Acts 5:31

31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

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Acts 11:18

18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life."

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Acts 17:30

30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

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Acts 20:21

21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Acts 26:20

20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

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Romans 2:4

4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

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Romans 2:5

5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

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Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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2 Corinthians 7:9

9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

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2 Corinthians 7:10

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

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2 Corinthians 7:9-10

9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

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2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

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Revelation 2:5

5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

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Revelation 3:3

3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

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Revelation 3:19

19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

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Revelation 9:20

20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,

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Revelation 16:9-11

9 They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. 10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11 and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

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