Psalm 51

    Psalm 51

    David pleads for forgiveness after he went in to Bathsheba—He pleads, Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.

    To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.

    1 Have amercy upon me, O God, according to thy blovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies cblot out my dtransgressions.

    2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and acleanse me from my sin.

    3 For I aacknowledge my transgressions: and my bsin is ever before me.

    4 Against thee, thee only, have I asinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be bjustified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother aconceive me.

    6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

    7 Purge me with ahyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

    8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

    9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

    10 Create in me a aclean heart, O God; and brenew a right spirit within me.

    11 Cast me not away from thy apresence; and take not thy bholy spirit from me.

    12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

    13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be aconverted unto thee.

    14 aDeliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

    15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

    16 For thou desirest not asacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

    17 The asacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a bcontrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

    18 Do good in thy good apleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

    19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.