Psalm 51:1-11 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 Have mercy1 on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;2 according to your great compassion3 blot out4 my transgressions.5

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2 Wash away6 all my iniquity and cleanse7 me from my sin.

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3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.8

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4 Against you, you only, have I sinned9 and done what is evil in your sight,10 so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.11

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5 Surely I was sinful12 at birth,13 sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

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6 Surely you desire truth in the inner partsa; you teachb me wisdom14 in the inmost place.15

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    • a 51:6 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
    • b 51:6 - Or "you desired . . . ; / you taught"
      7 Cleanse16 me with hyssop,17 and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.18

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      8 Let me hear joy and gladness;19 let the bones20 you have crushed rejoice.

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      9 Hide your face from my sins21 and blot out22 all my iniquity.

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      10 Create in me a pure heart,23 O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.24

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      11 Do not cast me25 from your presence26 or take your Holy Spirit27 from me.

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