I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and will not remember your sins.
Many years ago in Russia a regiment of troops mutinied. They were at some distance from the capital, and were so furious that they murdered their officers, and resolved never resubmit to discipline; but the emperor, who was an exceedingly wise and sagacious man, no sooner heard of it than, all alone and unattended, he went into the barracks when the men were drawn up, and addressing them sternly, he said to them, "Soldiers, you have committed such offences against the law that every one of you deserves to be put to death. There is no hope of any mercy for one of you unless you lay down your arms immediately, and surrender at discretion to me, your emperor." And they did it there and then, though the heads of their officers were lying at their feet. They threw down their" arms and surrendered, and he said at once, Men I pardon you; you be the bravest troops I ever had." And they were, too. That is just what God says to the sinner.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.