51:1 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
51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my
51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever
51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this]
evil in thy sight: that thou mayest be justified when thou
speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.
51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the
hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I
shall be whiter than snow.
51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which]
thou hast broken may rejoice.
51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right
spirit within me.
51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy
spirit from me.
51:12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me
[with thy] free spirit.
51:13 [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners
shall be converted to thee.
51:14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my
salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy
51:15 O LORD, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth
51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice: else would I give [it]:
thou delightest not in burnt-offering.
51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and
a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure to Zion: build thou the walls
51:19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of
righteousness, with burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering:
then shall they offer bullocks upon thy altar.