For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the

prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

[1] HAVE mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:

According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

[2] Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

And cleanse me from my sin.

[3] For I know my transgressions;

And my sin is ever before me.

[4] Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,

And done that which is evil in thy sight;

That thou mayest be justified when thou speakest,

And be clear when thou judgest.

[5] Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity;

And in sin did my mother conceive me.

[6] Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts;

And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom.

[7] Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

[8] Make me to hear joy and gladness,

That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

[9] Hide thy face from my sins,

And blot out all mine iniquities.

[10] Create in〖Or, for me.〗 me a clean heart, O God;

And renew a right〖Or, stedfast.〗 spirit within me.

[11] Cast me not away from thy presence;

And take not thy holy Spirit from me.

[12] Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;

And uphold me with a willing spirit.

[13] Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;

And sinners shall be〖Or, return.〗 converted unto thee.

[14] Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation;

And my tongue shall sing aloud of they righteousness.

[15] O Lord, open thou my lips;

And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

[16] For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else〖Or, that I should give it.〗 would I give it:

Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.

[17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:

A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

[18] Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion:

Build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

[19] Then wilt thou delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,

In burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering:

Then will they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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