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Psalm 51 NIV

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 aHave mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

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    • Þ 51:1 - In Hebrew texts 51:1-19 is numbered 51:3-21.
      2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

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      3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

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      4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

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      5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

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      6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

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      7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

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      8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

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      9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

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      10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

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      11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

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      12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

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      13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

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      14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

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      15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

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      16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

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      17 My sacrifice, O God, isb a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

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        • ß 51:17 - Or "The sacrifices of God are"
          18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

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          19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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          • a 51:1 - In Hebrew texts 51:1-19 is numbered 51:3-21.
          • b 51:17 - Or "The sacrifices of God are"