1Unto the end, a psalm of David,
2when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bethsabee.
3Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.
4Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
5For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.
6To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that thou mayst be justified in thy words and mayst overcome when thou art judged.
7For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me.
8For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me.
9Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.
10To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.
11Turn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
12Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels.
13Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
14Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.
15I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee.
16Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice.
17O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise.
18For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.
19A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
20Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
21Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.