Psalm 51

1 A melody of David, when Nathan the prophet came in to him after David had relations with Bath-sheʹba.
Show me favor, O God, according to your loyal love. Blot out my transgressions according to your great mercy.

2 Thoroughly wash me from my error, And cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I am well-aware of my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.

4 Against you—you above all—I have sinned; What is bad in your eyes I have done. Therefore, you are righteous when you speak, You are right in your judgment.

5 Look! I was born guilty of error, And my mother conceived me in sin.

6 Look! You find pleasure in truth in the inner person; Teach my innermost self true wisdom.

7 Purify me from my sin with hyssop, so that I will be clean; Wash me, so that I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear sounds of joy and rejoicing, So that the bones you crushed will rejoice.

9 Turn your face away from my sins, And wipe away all my errors.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, And put within me a new spirit, a steadfast one.

11 Do not cast me out from your presence; And do not take your holy spirit away from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation; Stir within me a willingness to obey you.

13 I will teach transgressors your ways, So that sinners will return to you.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God of my salvation, So that my tongue may joyfully declare your righteousness.

15 O Jehovah, open my lips, So that my mouth may declare your praise.

16 For you do not want a sacrifice—otherwise I would give it; You do not find delight in a whole burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices pleasing to God are a broken spirit; A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not reject.

18 In your goodwill do what is good for Zion; Build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will take delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, The burnt sacrifices and the whole offerings; Then bulls will be offered up on your altar.