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Psalm 51


A Contrite Sinner's Prayer for Pardon.

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

Psalm 51:1
  Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:2   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:3   For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.
Psalm 51:4   Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.
Psalm 51:5   Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
Psalm 51:6   Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Psalm 51:7   Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:8   Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
Psalm 51:9   Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities.
Psalm 51:10   Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:11   Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalm 51:12   Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:13   Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.
Psalm 51:14   Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
Psalm 51:15   O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise.
Psalm 51:16   For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
Psalm 51:17   The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Psalm 51:18   By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Psalm 51:19   Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices, In burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.
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