1 To the chief musician, a psalm of David,(51:2)When Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in unto Bathsheba.(51:3)Be gracious unto me, O God, according to thy kindness: according to the greatness of thy mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 (51:4)Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 (51:5)For of my transgressions I have full knowledge; and my sin is before me continually.
4 (51:6)To thee, thee only, have I sinned, and what is evil in thy eyes have I done:in order that thou mightest be righteous when thou speakest, be justified when thou judgest.
5 (51:7)Behold, in iniquity was I brought forth; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 (51:8)Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: therefore do thou cause me to know wisdom in the recesses of the heart.
7 (51:9)Cleanse me from sin with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 (51:10)Cause me to hear gladness and joy; that the bones which thou hast crushed may rejoice.
9 (51:11)Hide thy face from my sins, and all my iniquities do thou blot out.
10 (51:12)Create unto me a clean heart, O God; and a firm spirit renew thou within me.
11 (51:13)Cast me not away from thy presence; and thy holy spirit do not take from me.
12 (51:14)Restore unto me the gladness of thy salvation; and with a liberal spirit do thou support me.
13 (51:15)I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall return unto thee.
14 (51:16)Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; that my tongue may sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 (51:17)O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall declare thy praise.
16 (51:18)For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: in burntoffering hast thou no delight.
17 (51:19)The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, wilt thou not despise.
18 (51:20)Do good in thy favor unto Zion; build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 (51:21)Then wilt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burntoffering and entire offering: then shall bullocks be offered upon thy altar.