Bible: Psalm 51:1-13

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.

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