Bible: Psalm 51

Psalm 51 1 

51:1 For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David’s affair with Bathsheba. 2 

Have mercy on me, O God, because of 3  your loyal love!

Because of 4  your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! 5 

51:2 Wash away my wrongdoing! 6 

Cleanse me of my sin! 7 

51:3 For I am aware of 8  my rebellious acts;

I am forever conscious of my sin. 9 

51:4 Against you – you above all 10  – I have sinned;

I have done what is evil in your sight.

So 11  you are just when you confront me; 12 

you are right when you condemn me. 13 

51:5 Look, I was guilty of sin from birth,

a sinner the moment my mother conceived me. 14 

51:6 Look, 15  you desire 16  integrity in the inner man; 17 

you want me to possess wisdom. 18 

51:7 Sprinkle me 19  with water 20  and I will be pure; 21 

wash me 22  and I will be whiter than snow. 23 

51:8 Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! 24 

May the bones 25  you crushed rejoice! 26 

51:9 Hide your face 27  from my sins!

Wipe away 28  all my guilt!

51:10 Create for me a pure heart, O God! 29 

Renew a resolute spirit within me! 30 

51:11 Do not reject me! 31 

Do not take your Holy Spirit 32  away from me! 33 

51:12 Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance!

Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey! 34 

51:13 Then I will teach 35  rebels your merciful ways, 36 

and sinners will turn 37  to you.

51:14 Rescue me from the guilt of murder, 38  O God, the God who delivers me!

Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance. 39 

51:15 O Lord, give me the words! 40 

Then my mouth will praise you. 41 

51:16 Certainly 42  you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; 43 

you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. 44 

51:17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit 45 

O God, a humble and repentant heart 46  you will not reject. 47 

51:18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! 48 

Fortify 49  the walls of Jerusalem! 50 

51:19 Then you will accept 51  the proper sacrifices, burnt sacrifices and whole offerings;

then bulls will be sacrificed 52  on your altar. 53 

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