Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when #2 Sam. 12:1Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
1 # See Ps. 4:1 Have mercy on me,#51:1 Or Be gracious to me O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your #See Ps. 106:45 abundant mercy
# ver. 9; Isa. 43:25; 44:22; Acts 3:19; Col. 2:14 blot out my transgressions.
2 # ver. 7; Isa. 1:16; Jer. 4:14; Mal. 3:3; Acts 22:16 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and #Heb. 9:14; 1 John 1:7, 9; [Lev. 13:6]cleanse me from my sin!
Ps. 32:5; [Prov. 28:13] For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Gen. 20:6; 39:9; 2 Sam. 12:13; [1 Cor. 8:12] Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil #Luke 15:18, 21 in your sight,
# Cited Rom. 3:4 so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5Behold, #Rom. 5:12, 19; Eph. 2:3; See Job 14:4; 15:14I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6Behold, you delight in truth in #Job 38:36the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7Purge me #Ex. 12:22; Lev. 14:4; Num. 19:18; Heb. 9:19 with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
# [See ver. 2 above] wash me, and I shall be #Isa. 1:18whiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
Ps. 35:10 let the bones #Ps. 44:19; Isa. 38:13that you have broken rejoice.
Jer. 16:17 Hide your face from my sins,
and #[See ver. 1 above]blot out all my iniquities.
1 Sam. 10:9; Jer. 24:7; Ezek. 11:19; 36:26; Eph. 4:23, 24 Create in me a #Ps. 24:4; Matt. 5:8; Acts 15:9 clean heart, O God,
and #Lam. 5:21renew a right#51:10 Or steadfast spirit within me.
Ps. 102:10; 2 Kgs. 13:23; 17:20; 24:20; Jer. 7:15 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not #Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will #[Luke 22:32]return to you.
14Deliver me from #2 Sam. 11:17; 12:9 bloodguiltiness, O God,
O #Ps. 24:5 God of my salvation,
and #Ps. 35:28; 71:8, 15, 24 my tongue will sing aloud of your #[1 John 1:9]righteousness.
15O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 # See Ps. 40:6 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are #See Ps. 34:18a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 # [Ps. 69:35; 122:6] Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19then will you delight in #Ps. 4:5; [Mal. 3:3] right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and #Deut. 33:10whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.