Psalm 51

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51:1 Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

51:2 Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

51:3 For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is always before me.

51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict

and justified when you judge.

51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

51:6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

51:7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

51:8 Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

51:9 Hide your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquity.

51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

51:11 Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

51:13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

so that sinners will turn back to you.

51:14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

51:15 Open my lips, Lord,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

51:16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

51:18 May it please you to prosper Zion,

to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

51:19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,

in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.