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Cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. . . . Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer—

Psa. 19:12-14.


 It would appear that every intelligent Christian would continually pray this inspired prayer, for cleansing from secret faults, that he might thus be restrained from presumptuous sins; and thus praying heartily, he would also watch against these beginnings of sin and keep his heart in a cleansed and pure condition, by going continually to the fountain of grace for help in every time of need. He who seeks to live a life of holiness and nearness to the Lord by merely guarding against outward or presumptuous sins, and who neglects the beginnings of sin in the secrets of his own mind, is attempting a right thing in a very foolish and unreasonable way.


Parallel passages: Job 13:23; Psa. 24:3-5; 26:1,2;51:10; 139:23,24; Ezek. 36:25,26; 1. John 1:7,9; 3:3; Heb. 6:4-9; 10:26-31; 1.John 5:16; 2.Pet. 2:1-20; Jude 4-25.