To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.
1Be gracious unto me, O God#GodHebrew: Elohim according to thy loving-kindness; according to the abundance of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. 2Wash me fully from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is continually before me. 4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in thy sight; that thou mayest be justified when thou speakest, be clear when thou judgest. 5Behold, in iniquity was I brought forth, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6Behold, thou wilt have truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou wilt 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 gladness and joy; 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#GodHebrew: Elohim and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not the spirit of thy holiness from me. 12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and let a willing spirit sustain me. 13I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall return unto thee.
14Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God#GodHebrew: Elohim thou God#GodHebrew: Elohim of my salvation: my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare thy praise. 16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering. 17The sacrifices of God#GodHebrew: Elohim are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God#GodHebrew: Elohim thou wilt not despise. 18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. 19Then shalt thou have sacrifices of righteousness, burnt-offering, and whole burnt-offering; then shall they offer up bullocks upon thine altar.