To the Chief Musician. A Melody of David. When Nathan the Prophet had come to him, after he had gone in unto Bath-sheba.1 Be favorable unto me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness, And, in the multitude of thy compassions, blot out my transgressions; 2 Thoroughly wash me from mine iniquity, And, from my sin, make me pure; 3 For, my transgressions, do, I, acknowledge, And, my sin, is before me continually: 4 Against thee—against thee alone, have I sinned, And, wickedness—in thine eyes, have I done,—That thou mayest, Be justified when thou speakest,—Be clear when thou judgest. 5 Lo! in iniquity, was I brought forth, And, in sin, did my mother conceive me. 6 Lo! faithfulness, hast thou desired in the inward parts, Yea, in the hidden part, wilt thou cause me to know, wisdom. 7 Wilt thou cleanse me from sin with hyssop, That I may be pure? Wilt thou wash me, That I may be whiter, than snow? 8 Wilt thou cause me to hear joy and gladness? The bones thou hast crushed would exult. 9 Hide thy face from my sins,—And, all mine iniquities, blot out; 10 A pure heart, create for me, O God, And, a steadfast spirit, renew within me. 11 Do not cast me away from thy presence, And, thy Holy Spirit, do not take from me: 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, And, with a willing spirit, wilt thou uphold me:— 13 I would teach transgressors thy ways, And, sinners, unto thee, should return. 14 Rescue me from shed-blood, O God, the God of my salvation, My tongue should shout thy righteousness; 15 O My Lord! my lips, wilt thou open, And, my mouth, shall declare thy praise. 16 For thou wilt not desire sacrifice—that I should give it, Ascending-offering, will not please: 17 The sacrifices of God, are a spirit that is broken,—A heart—broken and crushed, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good, in thy good-pleasure, unto Zion, Wilt thou build the walls of Jerusalem! 19 Then, shalt thou desire the sacrifices of righteousness, Ascending-sacrifice and whole burnt-offering, Then, shall ascend upon thine altar, young bulls.
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