|[To the choirmaster.]||Penitential Psalm. Miserere. Psalm 51(v50)|
|A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.|
|Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; |
according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
|Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, |
and cleanse me from my sin!
|For I know my transgressions, |
and my sin is ever before me.
|Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, |
so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.
|Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, |
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
|Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; |
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
|Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; |
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
|Fill me with joy and gladness; |
let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.
|Hide thy face from my sins, |
and blot out all my iniquities.
|Create in me a clean heart, O God, |
and put a new and right spirit within me.
|Cast me not away from thy presence, |
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
|Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, |
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
|Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, |
and sinners will return to thee.
|Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, |
and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.
|O Lord, open thou my lips, |
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
|For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; |
were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
|The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; |
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
|Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure; |
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
|then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices, |
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on thy alter.
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