Psalms 51

A Prayer for Restoration

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
11 Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me. q
12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and give me a willing spirit.
Or and sustain me with a noble spirit
13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways,
and sinners will return to You. t

14 Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, u
the God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness. v
15 Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise. w
16 You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
You are not pleased with a
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offering. y
17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is
Lit The sacrifices of God are
a broken spirit.
God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart. aa

18 In Your good pleasure, cause
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion to prosper;
Or rebuild
the walls of Jerusalem. ad
19 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on Your altar. ae
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