God gives instructions on confession and restitution
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Confession An admission or acknowledgment of sin. A declaration or profession of belief. May also indicate an admission of sin to another believer (e.g., Jas 5:16).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Confession. Admission, especially of guilt or sin; also, a statement of religious belief. “To confess” can mean to agree, to promise, or to admit something.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Confess; Confession
Confess; Confession [Heb. yāḏâ, tôḏâ (Ezr. 10:11), also nāg̱aḏ (Ps. 38:18), zāḵar (Isa. 48:1), sāpar (Ezk. 12:16); Gk. homologéō, exomologéō, homología]; AV also DECLARE (Ps. 38:18; Ezk. 12:16), “make mention of” (Isa. 48:1), ACKNOWLEDGE (1 Jn. 2:23), PROFESSION, “without controversy” (for
Restitution, Make
Restitution, Make [Heb. piel of šālam—‘make whole, complete’] (Ex. 22:1, 5f, 11–15 [MT 21:37; 22:4f, 10–14]; Lev. 5:16); AV also RESTORE, MAKE GOOD, MAKE AMENDS; NEB also REPAY, MAKE GOOD; [hiphil and hophal of šûḇ—‘give (n) back, restore (d)’] (Nu. 5:7f); AV RECOMPENSE; NEB also PAY COMPENSATION.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CONFESSION Admission, especially of guilt or sin; also, a statement of religious belief. “To confess” can mean to agree, to promise, or to admit something.Two types of confession occur in the Bible. First, individuals confess that they have sinned and are therefore guilty before God, often confessing
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
restitution, a biblical concept closely related to the idea of restoration. Both are involved with sins committed against persons and/or property, either deliberately or inadvertently. Restoration appears to indicate replacement for whatever was taken or destroyed, whereas restitution seems to be repayment
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CONFESSION. The word means to make an open avowal, with undertones of a change of position. Nearly all the biblical passages can be classified under two heads: a confession of sin, or a confession of faith. Confession of sin is made to God (Ps 32:3–6; 1 Jn 1:9), to the one who has been wronged (Lk 17:4),
Restoration, Restitution
RESTORATION, RESTITUTION. In the Bible these terms refer to property, to persons, and to the total theocratic economy. The Mosaic law provided for the return or replacement of stolen property, with various prescribed fines and compensations for damages or injury (Ex 22:1–15; Lev 6:1–7; 24:18–21; see
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CONFESSION. The word to ‘confess’ in both the Heb. and the Gk. (yāḏâ and homologein) has, as in English, a twofold reference. There is confession of faith and confession of sin. On the one hand, confession means to declare publicly a personal relationship with and allegiance to God. It is an act of
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ConfessionTo confess means “to say the same thing” or “to agree to a statement.” Widely used in ancient legal contexts, in biblical texts the term and its cognates are used to express belief in God, acknowledge failure to keep God’s laws, and praise God for salvation. These meanings are evident in the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Confession. †A declaration associated with worship; it may be either the admission of sin or the profession of faith.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
confession. (1) A tomb of a *martyr (‘*confessor’). The term is used also of the structure built over such a tomb, and of a crypt or shrine under the *High Altar of a church in which relics are placed. In the Middle Ages the word was further applied to the entire church in which a martyr was buried.
restitution. In W. moral theology, the act of ‘commutative justice’ by which an injury done to the goods or person of another is repaired.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CONFESSION (Heb. from yādâ, lit., to “use,” i.e., extend the hand). Used in the OT in the sense of acknowledging one’s sin (Lev. 5:5; Job 40:14; Ps. 32:5). In the prayer of Solomon at the dedication of the Temple he uses the expression “confess Thy name” (1 Kings 8:33, 35; 2 Chron. 6:24, 26), doubtless
DAMAGES. Remuneration or restitution prescribed in case of offense against the person, property, or name of another. See Law.
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
French Confession
French ConfessionAlso called Gallican Confession and Confession of La Rochelle. Official confession of the French Reformed Church, adopted at the first National Synod (Paris, 1559), then more or less definitively ratified at the seventh National Synod (La Rochelle, 1571), though continuously revised
Key passages
Nu 5:5–10

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Israelites: ‘When a man or woman commits any of the sins of humankind by acting unfaithfully, it is a sin against Yahweh, and that person will be guilty; they will confess their sin that they did and will make restitution …

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