Thematic Bible

Psalm 51:1 (show verse)

For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David's affair with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love! Because of your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts!

Psalm 51:2 (show verse)

Wash away my wrongdoing! Cleanse me of my sin!

Psalm 51:3 (show verse)

For I am aware of my rebellious acts; I am forever conscious of my sin.

Psalm 51:4 (show verse)

Against you -- you above all -- I have sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. So you are just when you confront me; you are right when you condemn me.

Psalm 51:5 (show verse)

Look, I was guilty of sin from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me.

Psalm 51:6 (show verse)

Look, you desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom.

Psalm 51:7 (show verse)

Sprinkle me with water and I will be pure; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.

Psalm 51:8 (show verse)

Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! May the bones you crushed rejoice!

Psalm 51:9 (show verse)

Hide your face from my sins! Wipe away all my guilt!

Psalm 51:10 (show verse)

Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me!

Psalm 51:11 (show verse)

Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me!

Psalm 51:12 (show verse)

Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance! Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey!

Psalm 51:13 (show verse)

Then I will teach rebels your merciful ways, and sinners will turn to you.

Psalm 51:14 (show verse)

Rescue me from the guilt of murder, O God, the God who delivers me! Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance.

Psalm 51:15 (show verse)

O Lord, give me the words! Then my mouth will praise you.

Psalm 51:16 (show verse)

Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice.

Psalm 51:17 (show verse)

The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit -- O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.

Psalm 51:18 (show verse)

Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! Fortify the walls of Jerusalem!

Psalm 51:19 (show verse)

Then you will accept the proper sacrifices, burnt sacrifices and whole offerings; then bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.