Why repent: For the Church XVVI

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25 Turn back to the Lord and forsake your sins;
    pray in his presence and lessen your offense.
26 Return to the Most High and turn away from iniquity,
    and hate intensely what he abhors.
27 Who will sing praises to the Most High in Hades
    in place of the living who give thanks?
28 From the dead, as from one who does not exist, thanksgiving has ceased;
    those who are alive and well sing the Lord’s praises.
29 How great is the mercy of the Lord,
    and his forgiveness for those who return to him!
30 For not everything is within human capability,
    since human beings are not immortal.
31 What is brighter than the sun? Yet it can be eclipsed.
    So flesh and blood devise evil.
32 He marshals the host of the height of heaven;
    but all human beings are dust and ashes.

(Wisdom of Sirach 17:25-32)

This translation is from The Orthodox Study Bible. You can download the iOS App from App Store. Or you can find it on Amazon in Kindle and Hardcover formats.


Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, Elk Grove, California. The Orthodox Study Bible. Nashville :Thomas Nelson, 2008.

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