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Psalm 51:1 ASV
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 BBE
Have pity on me, O God, in your mercy; out of a full heart, take away my sin.
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Psalm 51:1 CEB
Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion!
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Psalm 51:1 CJB
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.
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Psalm 51:1 RHE
(50-1) <Unto the end, a psalm of David, (50-2) When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had sinned with Bethsabee.> (50-3) Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.
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Psalm 51:1 ESV
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 GW
Have pity on me, O God, in keeping with your mercy. In keeping with your unlimited compassion, wipe out my rebellious acts.
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Psalm 51:1 GNT
Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!
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Psalm 51:1 HNV
<> Have mercy on me, God, according to your lovingkindness. According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 CSB
Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.
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Psalm 51:1 KJV
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 LEB
Be gracious to me, O God, according to your loyal love. According to your abundant mercies, blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 NAS
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 NCV
God, be merciful to me because you are loving. Because you are always ready to be merciful, wipe out all my wrongs.
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Psalm 51:1 NIRV
God, show me your favor in keeping with your faithful love. Because your love is so tender and kind, wipe out my lawless acts.
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Psalm 51:1 NIV
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 NKJV
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 NLT
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
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Psalm 51:1 NRS
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 RSV
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.
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Psalm 51:1 DBY
{To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.} Be gracious unto me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according to the abundance of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 MSG
Generous in love - God, give grace! Huge in mercy - wipe out my bad record.
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Psalm 51:1 WBT
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 TMB
<> Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 TNIV
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 WEB
<> Have mercy on me, God, according to your lovingkindness. According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
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Psalm 51:1 WYC
To victory, the psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him, when he entered to Bathsheba. God, have thou mercy on me; by thy great mercy. And by the muchliness of thy merciful doings; do thou away my wickedness. (To victory, the song of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had slept with Bathsheba. God, have thou mercy on me; because of thy great love. And in the multitude of thy merciful doings; do thou away my wickedness.)
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Psalm 51:1 YLT
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm of David, in the coming inn unto him of Nathan the prophet, when he hath gone in unto Bath-Sheba. Favour me, O God, according to Thy kindness, According to the abundance of Thy mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
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Psalms 51 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 51

The psalmist prays for mercy, humbly confessing and lamenting his sins. (1-6) He pleads for pardon, that he may promote the glory of God and the conversion of sinners. (7-15) God is pleased with a contrite heart, A prayer for the prosperity of Zion. (16-19)

Verses 1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Whither should backsliding children return, but to the Lord their God, who alone can heal them? he drew up, by Divine teaching, an account of the workings of his heart toward God. Those that truly repent of their sins, will not be ashamed to own their repentance. Also, he instructs others what to do, and what to say. David had not only done much, but suffered much in the cause of God; yet he flees to God's infinite mercy, and depends upon that alone for pardon and peace. He begs the pardon of sin. The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles us to ourselves. The believer longs to have the whole debt of his sins blotted out, and every stain cleansed; he would be thoroughly washed from all his sins; but the hypocrite always has some secret reserve, and would have some favorite lust spared. David had such a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it, with sorrow and shame. His sin was committed against God, whose truth we deny by wilful sin; with him we deal deceitfully. And the truly penitent will ever trace back the streams of actual sin to the fountain of original depravity. He confesses his original corruption. This is that foolishness which is bound in the heart of a child, that proneness to evil, and that backwardness to good, which is the burden of the regenerate, and the ruin of the unregenerate. He is encouraged, in his repentance, to hope that God would graciously accept him. Thou desirest truth in the inward part; to this God looks, in a returning sinner. Where there is truth, God will give wisdom. Those who sincerely endeavour to do their duty shall be taught their duty; but they will expect good only from Divine grace overcoming their corrupt nature.

Verses 7-15 Purge me with hyssop, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as the water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, ( Hebrews 12:24 ) . If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, ( Hebrews 10:2 ) . He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. And the believer desires renewal to holiness as much as the joy of salvation. David now saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God would create in him a clean heart. When the sinner feels this change is necessary, and reads the promise of God to that purpose, he begins to ask it. He knew he had by his sin grieved the Holy Spirit, and provoked him to withdraw. This he dreads more than anything. He prays that Divine comforts may be restored to him. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This had made him weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? ( Galatians 5:1 ) . It is the Spirit of adoption spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation, he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin. We may therefore plead with him, Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin. And when the lips are opened, what should they speak but the praises of God for his forgiving mercy?

Verses 16-19 Those who are thoroughly convinced of their misery and danger by sin, would spare no cost to obtain the remission of it. But as they cannot make satisfaction for sin, so God cannot take any satisfaction in them, otherwise than as expressing love and duty to him. The good work wrought in every true penitent, is a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, and sorrow for sin. It is a heart that is tender, and pliable to God's word. Oh that there were such a heart in every one of us! God is graciously pleased to accept this; it is instead of all burnt-offering and sacrifice. The broken heart is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ; there is no true repentance without faith in him. Men despise that which is broken, but God will not. He will not overlook it, he will not refuse or reject it; though it makes God no satisfaction for the wrong done to him by sin. Those who have been in spiritual troubles, know how to pity and pray for others afflicted in like manner. David was afraid lest his sin should bring judgements upon the city and kingdom. No personal fears or troubles of conscience can make the soul, which has received grace, careless about the interests of the church of God. And let this be the continued joy of all the redeemed, that they have redemption through the blood of Christ, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.

Psalms 51 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 51

Psalms 51:1-19 . On the occasion, compare 2 Samuel 11:12 . The Psalm illustrates true repentance, in which are comprised conviction, confession, sorrow, prayer for mercy, and purposes of amendment, and it is accompanied by a lively faith.

1-4. A plea for mercy is a confession of guilt.
blot out--as from a register.
transgressions--literally, "rebellions" ( Psalms 19:13 , 32:1 ).

2. Wash me--Purity as well as pardon is desired by true penitents.

3. For . . . before me--Conviction precedes forgiveness; and, as a gift of God, is a plea for it ( 2 Samuel 12:13 , Psalms 32:5 , 1 John 1:9 ).

4. Against thee--chiefly, and as sins against others are violations of God's law, in one sense only.
that . . . judgest--that is, all palliation of his crime is excluded; it is the design in making this confession to recognize God's justice, however severe the sentence.

5, 6. His guilt was aggravated by his essential, native sinfulness, which is as contrary to God's requisitions of inward purity as are outward sins to those for right conduct.

6. thou shalt make, &c.--may be taken to express God's gracious purpose in view of His strict requisition; a purpose of which David might have availed himself as a check to his native love for sin, and, in not doing so, aggravated his guilt.
truth . . . and . . .wisdom--are terms often used for piety (compare Job 28:28 , Psalms 119:30 ).

7-12. A series of prayers for forgiveness and purifying.
Purge . . . hyssop--The use of this plant in the ritual ( Exodus 12:22 , Numbers 19:6 Numbers 19:18 ) suggests the idea of atonement as prominent here; "purge" refers to vicarious satisfaction ( Numbers 19:17-20 ).

8. Make . . . joy--by forgiving me, which will change distress to joy.

9. Hide, &c.--Turn from beholding.

10. Create--a work of almighty power.
in me--literally, "to me," or, "for me"; bestow as a gift, a heart free from taint of sin ( Psalms 24:4 , 73:1 ).
renew--implies that he had possessed it; the essential principle of a new nature had not been lost, but its influence interrupted ( Luke 22:32 ); for Psalms 51:11 shows that he had not lost God's presence and Spirit ( 1 Samuel 16:13 ), though he had lost the "joy of his salvation" ( Psalms 51:12 ), for whose return he prays.
right spirit--literally, "constant," "firm," not yielding to temptation.

12. free spirit--"thy" ought not to be supplied, for the word "free" is, literally, "willing," and "spirit" is that of David. "Let a willing spirit uphold me," that is, with a soul willingly conformed to God's law, he would be preserved in a right course of conduct.

13. Then--Such will be the effect of this gracious work.
ways--of providence and human duty ( Psalms 18:21 Psalms 18:30 , 32:8 , Luke 22:32 ).

14. Deliver--or, "Free me" ( Psalms 39:8 ) from the guilt of murder ( 2 Samuel 12:9 2 Samuel 12:10 , Psalms 5:6 ).
righteousness--as in Psalms 7:17 , 31:1 .

15. open . . . lips--by removing my sense of guilt.

16. Praise is better than sacrifice ( Psalms 50:14 ), and implying faith, penitence, and love, glorifies God. In true penitents the joys of pardon mingle with sorrow for sin.

18. Do good, &c.--Visit not my sin on Thy Church.
build . . . walls--is to show favor; compare Psalms 89:40 , for opposite form and idea.

19. God reconciled, material sacrifices will be acceptable ( Psalms 4:5 ; compare Isaiah 1:11-17 ).