Psalms 51



1 To the victor; a psalm of David, 2 when Nathan the prophet came·​·in to him, when he had gone·​·in to Bathsheba.
3 Be·​·gracious·​·to me, O God, according·​·to Thy mercy;
according·​·to the multitude of Thy compassions wipe·​·away my transgressions.

2 4 Wash me thoroughly* from my iniquity,
and from my sin cleanse me.

3 5 For I know my transgressions;
and my sin is continually in·​·front·​·of me.

4 6 Towards Thee, towards Thee alone, have I sinned,
and have done evil in Thine eyes,
so·​·that Thou mayest be justified in Thy speaking,
pure in Thy judging.

5 7 Behold, in iniquity I was brought forth*,
And in sin did my mother conceive me*.

6 8 Behold, Thou delightest·​·in truth in the reins*,
and in what is blocked from view Thou wilt make me to know wisdom.

7 9 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be·​·clean;
wash me, and I shall be·​·whiter than snow.

8 10 Thou shalt cause me to hear joy and gladness;
the bones which Thou hast crushed shall rejoice.

9 11 Hide Thy face from my sins,
and wipe·​·away all my iniquities.

10 12 Create for me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a firm spirit in the midst·​·of me.

11 13 Cast· me not ·away from before Thee,
and take not the spirit of Thy holiness from me.

12 14 Return to me the joy of Thy salvation;
and let a noble* spirit support me.

13 15 I will teach transgressors Thy ways;
and sinners shall return to Thee.

14 16 Rescue me from bloods*, O God, the God of my salvation;
my tongue shall sing·​·aloud of Thy justice.

15 17 O Lord, open Thou my lips,
and my mouth shall tell of Thy praise.

16 18 For Thou delightest· not ·in sacrifice that I should give it;
In burnt·​·offering Thou art not well·​·pleased.

17 19 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and a contrite* heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

18 20 Do·​·good in Thy good·​·pleasure to Zion;
build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 21 Then wilt Thou delight·​·in the sacrifices of justice, in burnt·​·offering and whole·​·burnt·​·offering;
then will they offer·​·up bullocks upon Thine altar.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.