Psalms 51

"Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God"

For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. When Nathan the prophet came to him after his adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me,
Or Be gracious to me
O God, according to Your loving devotion; according to Your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me clean of my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You may be found just in your speech and blameless
LXX and prevail
in your judgment.
Surely I was brought forth in iniquity; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. Surely You desire truth in the inmost being; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. 10  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11  Cast me not away from Your presence; take not Your Holy Spirit from me. 12  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit. 13  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You. 14  Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness. 15  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 16  For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You take no pleasure in burnt offerings. 17  The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. 18  In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19  Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices, in whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on Your altar.
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