Psalm 51




1 ([[Psalm of David] when the prophet Nathan came to him after David's adultery with Bathsheba:]) Have mercy on me, O God, in keeping with your loving-kindness. According to your unlimited compassion, wipe out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my perversity (iniquity) (guilt), and cleanse me from my sin.
3 I admit my transgressions. My sin is always in front of me.
4 I have sinned against you, especially you. I have done what you consider evil in your sight. So you hand down justice when you speak, and you are blameless when you judge.
5 Indeed, I was born in perversity (mischief) (evil). I was a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6 Yet, you desire truth from the secret person within me. Deep down inside me teach me wisdom.
7 Purify me from sin with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear sounds of joy and gladness. Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face (turn away) from my sins, and wipe out (erase) all that I have done wrong.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast (dependable) spirit within me.
11 Do not force me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and establish a willing spirit in me.
13 I will teach your ways to transgressors, and sinners will turn to you.
14 Rescue (deliver) me from the bloodguilt of murder O God of my salvation. Let my tongue sing joyfully about your righteousness!
15 O Jehovah, open my lips (help me speak), and my mouth will speak your praise.
16 You do not desire sacrifice. Otherwise, I would offer one to you. You are not pleased with burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful (contrite) heart.
18 Favor Zion with your goodness. Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness (offered in the right spirit) (Heb 13:15) with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Young bulls will be offered on your altar.