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it is never too late to repent

proverb There is always the opportunity to reconcile after a conflict. I know you haven't talked to Carly in years, but it is never too late to repent—why don't you try calling her?
See also: late, never, repent, to

marry in haste, repent at leisure

proverb If you marry someone without being certain that you should, you will regret it for a long time. She's only known him for three months! You know what they say—marry in haste, repent at leisure.
See also: leisure, marry, repent
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Marry in haste, (and) repent at leisure.

Prov. If you marry someone you do not know well, or decide to marry someone without first carefully considering what you are doing, you will probably regret it for a long time. Sally wanted some time to consider Sam's proposal of marriage; she had heard the saying, "Marry in haste, and repent at leisure."
See also: leisure, marry, repent
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For example, a woman who doesn't know the truth of God's word may not see abortion as a sin; consequently, if she were to have an abortion, she would have no reason to repent because she didn't commit a sin in her eyes.
When we meet our Master, whether we repent at seventeen or seventy (if we live that long), we will receive the same reward: life with him.
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A sinner who refuses to repent is not condemned because God wants him condemned.
"Everyone in either government or whatsoever in Lakes state must repent and [ask for] forgiveness for one another," he said.
By contrast, the biblical exhortations, "Repent and believe'' and "Be you perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect'' are the desires and prayers of those who seek holiness.
Jonah 3:1-5,10 and Mark 1:14-20--Nineveh repents and God relents, followed by Jesus calling people to repent, then calling Simon and Andrew to leave their nets and become fishers of men.
The second defendant, who announced repent of what he was proclaiming before being asked to repent, was sentenced to ten years behind the bars and prevented from travel abroad a similar term of his imprisonment following his final discharge from prison.
Please change your lives, repent, stop perpetrating evil," Pope Francis pleaded.
In the traditional version of the service, parents and godparents are asked: "Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?" and "Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbor?"
THE Church of England has been accused of "dumbing down" the baptism service, one of the cornerstones of the faith, by changing its wording so parents and godparents no longer have to "repent sins" and "reject the devil".
The holy scriptures tell us there's more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over those who have no reason to repent.
Meanwhile, the defendant told the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals that during Ramadan he had time to fast, repent and even read the Quran several times.
8 to be a "Day of Restoration" and in an official proclamation called on state residents and others to "collectively repent of distancing ourselves from God and ask for His mercy on us."