For the leader. A psalm of David, when Natan the prophet came to him after his affair with Bat-Sheva: God, in your grace, have mercy on me; in your great compassion, blot out my crimes.
Wash me completely from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my crimes, my sin confronts me all the time.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil from your perspective; so that you are right in accusing me and justified in passing sentence.
True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.
Still, you want truth in the inner person; so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart.
Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness, so that the bones you crushed can rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out all my crimes.
Create in me a clean heart, God; renew in me a resolute spirit.