(1) What is complete repentance? One who once more had in it in their power to repeat a violation, but separated themself therefrom, and did not do it because of repentance, not out of fear or lack of strength. For example? One who knew another person sinfully, and after a process of time met them again privately, and still loving them as theretofore, and being in a state of potency, and the meeting is in the same land where the sin was first committed, if they parted without sinning, they have attained complete repentance. Of such Solomon said: "Remember then thy Creator in the days of thy youth" (Ecc. 12.1). Even if they made no reparation save in old age, at a time when it was already impossible to repeat the misdeeds, although it is not the best repentance, it still is of help and they are considered a penitent. Moreover, though they continued a life of sin but did repent on their dying day, and did die a penitent, all of their sins are forgiven, even as it is said: "While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain" (Ibid. 12.2), yea, that is the day of death. Deduce from this verse that if they remembered the Creator and did repent before dying, they were forgiven.