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3 \51:1\To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

4 \51:2\Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

5 \51:3\For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

6 \51:4\Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mayest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

7 \51:5\Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

8 \51:6\Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

9 \51:7\Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

10 \51:8\Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

11 \51:9\Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

12 \51:10\Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

13 \51:11\Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

14 \51:12\Restore to me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

15 \51:13\Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted to thee.

16 \51:14\Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

17 \51:15\O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

18 \51:16\For thou desirest not sacrifice: else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt-offering.

19 \51:17\The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

20 \51:18\Do good in thy good pleasure to Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

21 \51:19\Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thy altar.