Psalms 51
Create in Me a Clean Heart
1For the music director: a psalm of David,
2when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
3Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your mercy. According to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
4Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
5For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.
6Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
7Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin when my mother conceived me.
8Surely You desire truth in the inner being. Make me know wisdom inwardly.
9Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
10Let me hear joy and gladness, so the bones You crushed may rejoice.
11Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
12Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
13Do not cast me from Your presence— take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me.
14Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.
15Then will I teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will return to You.
16Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God— God of my salvation. Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.
17O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.
18For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it, nor be pleased by burnt offerings.
19The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
20In Your favor do good to Zion. Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
21Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

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