1 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness: According to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions; And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, I have sinned, And done that which is evil in your sight; That you may be justified when you speak, And be clear when you judge.
5 Look, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Look, you desire truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part you will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean: Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, That the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit inside me.
11 Don't cast me away from your presence; And don't take your holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation; And uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways; And sinners will be converted to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, God of my salvation; [And] my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open you my lips; And my mouth will show forth your praise.
16 For you do not delight in sacrifice; or else I would give it: You have no pleasure in burnt-offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good in your good pleasure to Zion: Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, In burnt-offering and in whole burnt-offering: Then they will offer bullocks on your altar.