Psalms 51

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

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

1 b  Have mercy on me,
Or Be gracious to me
O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your d  abundant mercy
e  blot out my transgressions.
2 f  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and g  cleanse me from my sin!
3 h  For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 i  Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil j  in your sight,
k  so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5Behold l  I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6Behold, you delight in truth in m  the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me n  with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
o  wash me, and I shall be p  whiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
q  let the bones r  that you have broken rejoice.
9 s  Hide your face from my sins,
and t  blot out all my iniquities.
10 u  Create in me a v  clean heart, O God,
and w  renew a right
Or steadfast
spirit within me.
11 y  Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not z  your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will aa  return to you.
14Deliver me from ab  bloodguiltiness, O God,
O ac  God of my salvation,
and ad  my tongue will sing aloud of your ae  righteousness.
15O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 af  For 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 ag  a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 ah  Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
ai  build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19then will you delight in aj  right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and ak  whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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