Psalms 51

A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when
2 Sam 12:1
Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1 b  Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of c  Your compassion d  blot out my transgressions.
2 e  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And f  cleanse me from my sin.
3For
Or I myself know
I h  know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
4 i  Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is j  evil in Your sight,
So that k  You
Or may be in the right
are justified
Many mss read in Your words
when You speak
And
Lit pure
blameless when You judge.

5Behold, I was o  brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6Behold, You desire p  truth in the
Or inward parts
innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will r  make me know wisdom.
7
Or May You purify...that I may be clean
Purify me t  with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Or May You wash
Wash me, and I shall be v  whiter than snow.
8
Or May You make
Make me to hear x  joy and gladness,
Let the y  bones which You have broken rejoice.
9 z  Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 aa  Create
Lit for
in me a ac  clean heart, O God,
And renew
Or an upright
a ae  steadfast spirit within me.
11 af  Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your ag  Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the ah  joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a ai  willing spirit.
13 Then I will aj  teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will
Or turn back
be al  converted to You.

14Deliver me from am  bloodguiltiness, O God an  the God of my salvation;
Then my ao  tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
15O Lord
Or may You open
,
aq  open my lips,
That my mouth may ar  declare Your praise.
16For You as  do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a at  broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

18 au  By Your favor do good to Zion;
Or May You build
,
aw  Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then You will delight in
Or sacrifices of righteousness
,
ay  righteous sacrifices,
In az  burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then
Lit they will offer young bulls
young bulls will be offered on Your altar.

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