Psalm 51 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
Revised Standard Version (RSV) New International Version (NIV)
1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance. 14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, 18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on thy altar. 19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.