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.