Psalm 51 LEB

For the [music] director. A psalm of David. When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

A Prayer of Repentance and Plea for Mercy

1 Be gracious to me, O God, according to your loyal love. According to your abundant mercies, blot out my transgressions.

References for Psalms 51:1

    • a 51:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first two verses of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by two
      2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and from my sin cleanse me.
      3 For {I myself know} my transgressions, and my sin [is] ever before me.

      References for Psalms 51:3

        • b 51:3 - Literally "I, I know"
        • c 51:3 - Or "rebellions"
          4 Against you, only you, I have sinned and have done this evil in your eyes, so that you are correct when you speak, you are blameless when you judge.

          References for Psalms 51:4

            • d 51:4 - Hebrew "the evil"
              5 Behold, in iniquity I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me.
              6 Behold, you delight [in] truth in the inward parts, and in [the] hidden [parts] you make me to know wisdom.
              7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
              8 Make me hear joy and gladness; let [the] bones you have crushed rejoice.
              9 Hide your face from my sins, and all my iniquities blot out.
              10 Create a clean heart for me, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit {within me}.

              References for Psalms 51:10

                • e 51:10 - Literally "in my inner parts"
                  11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
                  12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and with a willing spirit sustain me.
                  13 [Then] I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
                  14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation; [then] my tongue will sing aloud [of] your righteousness.
                  15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise.
                  16 For you do not delight [in] sacrifice or I would give [it]. [With] a burnt offering you are not pleased.
                  17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
                  18 Do good in your favor toward Zion. Build the walls of Jerusalem.
                  19 Then you will delight [in] righteous sacrifices, burnt offering and whole burnt offering. Then bulls will be offered on your altar.