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Answered 2013-12-16 14:45:19

No God does not repent.Repentence requires sin. Since God does not sin, there is no need for repentance.

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Yes, God can and has repented many times over different issues.

The definition of repentance means to feel sorrow ,regret, or contrition.

God repents

Genesis 6:6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Exodus 32:14 And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

Deuteronomy 32:36 For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants.

1 Samuel 15:11 It repenteth me [God] that I have set up Saul to be king.

1 Samuel 15:35 The Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

2 Samuel 24:16 The Lord repented of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, it is enough: stay now thine hand.

1 Chronicles 21:15 The Lord beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand.

Isaiah 38:1-5 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah ... said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. ... Thus saith the LORD ... I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

Jeremiah 15:6 I [God] am weary of repenting.

Jeremaih 18:8 I [God] will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Jeremaih 26:3 That I [God]may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them.

Jeremiah 26:13 The Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

Jeremiah 26:19 The Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them.

Jeremaih 42:10 For I [God] repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

Amos 7:3, 6 The Lord repented for this.

Jonah 3:10 God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them.

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Define: 'Repent'

Both of the above sections are technically correct, though both make different assumptions about the word "repent."

"Repent" simply means to change one's mind or to change one's course of action. In the verses cited above, God chooses to change His course of action. In this case the word "repent" doesn't imply any sin.

The more common usage of the word "repent" in Christian circles refers to repentence of sin, which is dealt with in the first section.

God does not repent

Numbers 3:19 God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of a man that he should repent.

1 Samuel 15:29 The Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Ezekiel 24:14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent.

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