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Psalm 51 (Today's New International Version)

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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 2 Wash away6 all my iniquity and cleanse7 me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.8 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned9 and done what is evil in your sight;10 so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.11 5 Surely I was sinful12 at birth,13 sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom14 in that secret place.15 7 Cleanse16 me with hyssop,17 and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.18 8 Let me hear joy and gladness;19 let the bones20 you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins21 and blot out22 all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart,23 O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.24 11 Do not cast me25 from your presence26 or take your Holy Spirit27 from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation28 and grant me a willing spirit,29 to sustain me.30 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,31 and sinners32 will turn back to you.33 14 Deliver me34 from bloodguilt,35 O God, you who are God my Savior,36 and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.37 15 Open my lips, Lord,38 and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice,39 or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice,40 O God, isa a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart41 you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion,42 to build up the walls of Jerusalem.43 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,44 in burnt offerings45 offered whole; then bulls46 will be offered on your altar.
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