Psalms 51:1-10

1For the choir director. A Davidic psalm, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba. a

Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion. b
2 Wash away my
guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.
and cleanse me from my sin. d
3 For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me. e
4 Against You – You alone – I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight. f
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge. g
5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me. h

6 Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,
and You teach me wisdom deep within. i
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be
clean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. k
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed rejoice. l
9 Turn Your face away
Lit Hide Your face
from my sins
and blot out all my guilt. n

10 God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast
Or right
spirit within me. p
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