1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

References for Psalms 51:6

    • a 51:6 - Meaning of Heb uncertain
      7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
      8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
      9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
      10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

      References for Psalms 51:10

        • b 51:10 - Or [steadfast]
          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 sustain in me a willing spirit.

          References for Psalms 51:12

            • c 51:12 - Or [generous]
              13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
              14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
              15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
              16 For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
              17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

              References for Psalms 51:17

                • d 51:17 - Or [My sacrifice, O God,]