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Psalms 51

Psalms 51:1  
To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David. When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have pity on me, O God, in your mercy; out of a full heart, take away my sin.

Psalms 51:2  
Let all my wrongdoing be washed away, and make me clean from evil.

Psalms 51:3  
For I am conscious of my error; my sin is ever before me.

Psalms 51:4  
Against 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.

Psalms 51:5  
Truly, I was formed in evil, and in sin did my mother give me birth.

Psalms 51:6  
Your desire is for what is true in the inner parts: in the secrets of my soul you will give me knowledge of wisdom.

Psalms 51:7  
Make me free from sin with hyssop: let me be washed whiter than snow.

Psalms 51:8  
Make me full of joy and rapture; so that the bones which have been broken may be glad.

Psalms 51:9  
Let your face be turned from my wrongdoing, and take away all my sins.

Psalms 51:10  
Make a clean heart in me, O God; give me a right spirit again.

Psalms 51:11  
Do not put me away from before you, or take your holy spirit from me.

Psalms 51:12  
Give me back the joy of your salvation; let a free spirit be my support.

Psalms 51:13  
Then will I make your ways clear to wrongdoers; and sinners will be turned to you.

Psalms 51:14  
Be my saviour from violent death, O God, the God of my salvation; and my tongue will give praise to your righteousness.

Psalms 51:15  
O Lord, let my lips be open, so that my mouth may make clear your praise.

Psalms 51:16  
You have no desire for an offering or I would give it; you have no delight in burned offerings.

Psalms 51:17  
The offerings of God are a broken spirit; a broken and sorrowing heart, O God, you will not put from you.

Psalms 51:18  
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure, building up the walls of Jerusalem.

Psalms 51:19  
Then 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.

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