1 To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.
2 51:1When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.
3 51:1Have pity on me, O God, in your mercy; out of a full heart, take away my sin.
4 51:2Let all my wrongdoing be washed away, and make me clean from evil.
5 51:3For I am conscious of my error; my sin is ever before me.
6 51:4Against you, you only, have I done wrong, working that which is evil in your eyes; so that your words may be seen to be right, and you may be clear when you are judging.
7 51:5Truly, I was formed in evil, and in sin did my mother give me birth.
8 51:6Your desire is for what is true in the inner parts: in the secrets of my soul you will give me knowledge of wisdom.
9 51:7Make me free from sin with hyssop: let me be washed whiter than snow.
10 51:8Make me full of joy and rapture; so that the bones which have been broken may be glad.
11 51:9Let your face be turned from my wrongdoing, and take away all my sins.
12 51:10Make a clean heart in me, O God; give me a right spirit again.
13 51:11Do not put me away from before you, or take your holy spirit from me.
14 51:12Give me back the joy of your salvation; let a free spirit be my support.
15 51:13Then will I make your ways clear to wrongdoers; and sinners will be turned to you.
16 51:14Be my saviour from violent death, O God, the God of my salvation; and my tongue will give praise to your righteousness.
17 51:15O Lord, let my lips be open, so that my mouth may make clear your praise.
18 51:16You have no desire for an offering or I would give it; you have no delight in burned offerings.
19 51:17The offerings of God are a broken spirit; a broken and sorrowing heart, O God, you will not put from you.
20 51:18Do good to Zion in your good pleasure, building up the walls of Jerusalem.
21 51:19Then you will have delight in the offerings of righteousness, in burned offerings and offerings of beasts; then they will make offerings of oxen on your altar.