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The Book of Psalms

Psalm 51

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto 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 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.
  5 Behold, I was shapen 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 shalt make me to know wisdom.

  7 Purge 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 me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right 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 thy free spirit.
  13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

  14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
  15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
  16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not 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 shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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