Psalms 51

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when aNathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1 bHave mercy on me,
Or Be gracious to me
O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your dabundant mercy
eblot out my transgressions.
2 fWash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and gcleanse me from my sin!
3 hFor I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 iAgainst you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil jin your sight,
kso that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5Behold, lI was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6Behold, you delight in truth in mthe inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7Purge me nwith hyssop, and I shall be clean;
owash me, and I shall be pwhiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
qlet the bones rthat you have broken rejoice.
9 sHide your face from my sins,
and tblot out all my iniquities.
10 uCreate in me a vclean heart, O God,
and wrenew a right
Or steadfast
spirit within me.
11 yCast me not away from your presence,
and take not zyour Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will aareturn to you.
14Deliver me from abbloodguiltiness, O God,
O acGod of my salvation,
and admy tongue will sing aloud of your aerighteousness.
15O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 afFor you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are aga broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 ahDo good to Zion in your good pleasure;
aibuild up the walls of Jerusalem;
19then will you delight in ajright sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and akwhole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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