Psalm 51
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A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon.

For the music director. A Psalm of David, when [a]Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithfulness;

According to the greatness of Your compassion, wipe out my wrongdoings.

2Wash me thoroughly from my guilt

And cleanse me from my sin.

3For I know my wrongdoings,

And my sin is constantly before me.

4Against You, You only, I have sinned

And done what is evil in Your sight,

So that You [b]are justified [c]when You speak

And [d]blameless when You judge.

5Behold, I was brought forth in guilt,

And in sin my mother conceived me.

6Behold, You desire truth in the [e]innermost being,

And in secret You will make wisdom known to me.

7[f]Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

[g]Cleanse me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8[h]Let me hear joy and gladness,

Let the bones You have broken rejoice.

9Hide Your face from my sins

And wipe out all my guilty deeds.

10Create [i]in me a clean heart, God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11Do not cast me away from Your presence,

And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

And sustain me with a willing spirit.

13Then I will teach wrongdoers Your ways,

And sinners will [j]be converted to You.

14Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, the God of my salvation;

Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

15Lord, [k]open my lips,

So that my mouth may declare Your praise.

16For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;

You do not take pleasure in burnt offering.

17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

A broken and a contrite heart, God, You will not despise.

18By Your favor do good to Zion;

[l]Build the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then You will delight in [m]righteous sacrifices,

In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;

Then [n]bulls will be offered on Your altar.

[a] PSALM 51Title 2 Sam 12:1
[b] 4 Or may be in the right
[c] 4 Many mss in Your words
[d] 4 Lit pure
[e] 6 Or inward parts
[f] 7 Or May You purify...that I may be clean
[g] 7 Or May You cleanse
[h] 8 Or May You cause
[i] 10 Lit for
[j] 13 Or turn back
[k] 15 Or may You open
[l] 18 Or May You build
[m] 19 Or sacrifices of righteousness
[n] 19 Lit they will offer bulls

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