A Contrite Sinner's Prayer for Pardon.

1 1Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of 2Your compassion 3blot out my transgressions.
3 For I 6know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.

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    • a 51:3 - Or "I myself know"
      4 7Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is 8evil in Your sight, So that 9You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.

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        • b 51:4 - Or "may be in the right"
        • c 51:4 - Many mss read "in Your words"
        • d 51:4 - Lit "pure"
          5 Behold, I was 10brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

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          6 Behold, You desire 11truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will 12make me know wisdom.

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          7 Purify me 13with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be 14whiter than snow.

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            • f 51:7 - Or "May You purify...that I may be clean"
            • g 51:7 - Or "May You wash"
              8 Make me to hear 15joy and gladness, Let the 16bones which You have broken rejoice.

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                • h 51:8 - Or "May You make"
                  9 17Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities.

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                  10 18Create in me a 19clean heart, O God, And renew a 20steadfast spirit within me.

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                  11 21Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your 22Holy Spirit from me.

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                  12 Restore to me the 23joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a 24willing spirit.

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                  13 Then I will 25teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be 26converted to You.

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                  14 Deliver me from 27bloodguiltiness, O God, 28the God of my salvation; Then my 29tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

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                  15 O Lord, 30open my lips, That my mouth may 31declare Your praise.

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                    • l 51:15 - Or "may You open"
                      16 For You 32do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.

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                      17 The sacrifices of God are a 33broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

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                      18 34By Your favor do good to Zion; 35Build the walls of Jerusalem.

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                      19 Then You will delight in 36righteous sacrifices, In 37burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.

                      References for Psalms 51:19

                        • n 51:19 - Or "sacrifices of righteousness"
                        • o 51:19 - Lit "they will offer young bulls"