Psalm 51

(For the music leader. A psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David had been with Bathsheba.) A Prayer for Forgiveness

 1You are kind, God!

   Please have pity on me.

   You are always merciful!

   Please wipe away my sins.

    2Wash me clean from all

   of my sin and guilt.

    3I know about my sins,

   and I cannot forget

   my terrible guilt.

    4You are really the one

   I have sinned against;

   I have disobeyed you

   and have done wrong.

   So it is right and fair for you

   to correct and punish me.

    5I have sinned and done wrong

   since the day I was born.

    6But you want complete honesty,

   so teach me true wisdom.

    7Wash me with hyssop until I am clean

   and whiter than snow.

    8Let me be happy and joyful!

   You crushed my bones,

   now let them celebrate.

    9Turn your eyes from my sin

   and cover my guilt.

    10Create pure thoughts in me

   and make me faithful again.

    11Don't chase me away from you

   or take your Holy Spirit

   away from me.

    12Make me as happy as you did

   when you saved me;

   make me want to obey!

    13I will teach sinners your Law,

   and they will return to you.

    14Keep me from any deadly sin.

   Only you can save me!

   Then I will shout and sing

   about your power to save.

    15Help me to speak,

   and I will praise you, Lord.

    16Offerings and sacrifices

   are not what you want.

    17The way to please you

   is to feel sorrow

   deep in our hearts.

   This is the kind of sacrifice

   you won't refuse.

    18Please be willing, Lord,

   to help the city of Zion

   and to rebuild its walls.

    19Then you will be pleased

   with the proper sacrifices,

   and we will offer bulls

   on your altar once again.

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