For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David: When Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.
1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
3For I acknowledge my transgressions:
And my sin is ever before me.
4Against 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.
5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
And in sin did my mother conceive me.
6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Make me to hear joy and gladness;
That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9Hide thy face from my sins,
And blot out all mine iniquities.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God;
And renew a right spirit within me.
11Cast me not away from thy presence;
And take not thy holy spirit from me.
12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation:
And uphold me with a free spirit.
13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;
And sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation;
And my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15O Lord, open thou my lips;
And my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it:
Thou hast no pleasure in burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion:
Build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then shalt thou delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, in burnt offering and whole burnt offering:
Then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.