Psalms Chapter 51 |
1For the leader. A psalm of David, 2when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had come to Bathsheba.
3Have mercy upon me, O God,
as befits Your faithfulness;
in keeping with Your abundant compassion,
blot out my transgressions.
4Wash me thoroughly of my iniquity,
and purify me of my sin;
5for I recognize my transgressions,
and am ever conscious of my sin.
6Against You alone have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight;
so You are just in Your sentence,
and right in Your judgment.
7Indeed I was born with iniquity;
with sin my mother conceived me.
8 Indeed You desire truth about that which is hidden;
teach me wisdom about secret things.
9Purge me with hyssop till I am pure;
wash me till I am whiter than snow.
10Let me hear tidings of joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed exult.
11Hide Your face from my sins;
blot out all my iniquities.
12Fashion a pure heart for me, O God;
create in me a steadfast spirit.
13Do not cast me out of Your presence,
or take Your holy spirit away from me.
14Let me again rejoice in Your help;
let a vigorous spirit sustain me.
15I will teach transgressors Your ways,
that sinners may return to You.
16Save me from bloodguilt,
O God, God, my deliverer,
that I may sing forth Your beneficence.
17O Lord, open my lips,
and let my mouth declare Your praise.
18You do not want me to bring sacrifices;
You do not desire burnt offerings;
19True sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit;
God, You will not despise
a contrite and crushed heart.
20May it please You to make Zion prosper;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
21Then You will want sacrifices offered in righteousness,
burnt and whole offerings;
then bulls will be offered on Your altar.