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"Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies." -Psalm 5:10

"Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." -Romans 3:20-24

"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." -Isaiah 1:8

"...Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." -Psalm 51:7

"Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits -- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." -Psalm 103:2-5

"In the Old Testament... men are sure that if every sin is an affront to God's majesty and a mocking of His holy will, then forgiveness can neither be taken for granted nor acquired. Only a single way of salvation lies open, a way that man himself does not control, namely, when God Himself... decides to overlook and pardon sin, and so, by His act, makes communion possible!" -Adolf Köberle

© Hannah Rose Williams