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Psalm 51

A Prayer for Cleansing

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him,- after he had gone in to Bath–she´ba.

1Have mercy upon me, O God,

according to thy loving-kindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions.

2Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I acknowledge my transgressions:

and my sin is ever before me.

4- Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,

and done this evil in thy sight:

that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest,

and be clear when thou judgest.

5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;

and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:

and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8Make me to hear joy and gladness;

that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9Hide thy face from my sins,

and blot out all mine iniquities.

10Create in me a clean heart, O God;

and renew a right spirit within me.

11Cast me not away from thy presence;

and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;

and uphold me with thy free Spirit.

13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;

and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,

thou God of my salvation:

and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15O Lord, open thou my lips;

and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

16For thou desirest not sacrifice;

else would I give it:

thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:

a broken and a contrite heart, O God,

thou wilt not despise.

18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion:

build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,

with burnt offering and whole burnt offering:

then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

King James Version with Apocrypha, American Edition

King James Version 1611, spelling, punctuation and text formatting modernized by ABS in 1962; typesetting © 2010 American Bible Society.

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