Is penance mentioned in the Bible?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Penance is an act of devotion designed to show sorrow for or repentance of sin. The word penance is mentioned in two Bible translations, the New Living Translation (NLT), a modern-day thought-for-t...

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Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
No. The word "penance" is not mentioned anywhere in the modern English translation of the Bible. However, if the definition of "penance" is the "repentance of sins", then we can say that the Bible is peppered with ideas of penance.

From the teachings of Christ, we learn that God and the angels greatly rejoice over the the repentance of a sinner (Lost Sheep, Lost Coin) and that the Father restores his children into a relationship with him upon their return (Prodigal Son). We also learn to forgive others because we, ourselves, have been forgiven (Unforgiving Servant)

All sins can be forgiven. No sin is to great that God cannot forgive, yet forgiveness is not automatically received. It is received through confession. 1 John 1:9 says "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 

We confess our sins to priests because Jesus gave them authority to forgive sins. John 20:23 says "If you forgive anyone's sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

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