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Psalm 51

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1 1Have mercy on me,a O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your 2abundant mercy 3blot out my transgressions.
2 4Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and 5cleanse me from my sin!
3 6For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 7Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil 8in your sight, 9so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, 10I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in 11the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me 12with hyssop, and I shall be clean; 13wash me, and I shall be 14whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; 15let the bones 16that you have broken rejoice.
9 17Hide your face from my sins, and 18blot out all my iniquities.
10 19Create in me a 20clean heart, O God, and 21renew a rightb spirit within me.
11 22Cast me not away from your presence, and take not 23your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will 24return to you.
14 Deliver me from 25bloodguiltiness, O God, O 26God of my salvation, and 27my tongue will sing aloud of your 28righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 29For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are 30a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 31Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; 32build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in 33right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and 34whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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