Psalm 51:1-19

To the director. A melody of David. When Nathan the prophet came in to him after he had had relations with Bath-sheʹba.+ 51  Show me favor, O God,* according to your loving-kindness.*+According to the abundance of your mercies wipe out my transgressions.+   Thoroughly wash me from my error,+And cleanse me even from my sin.+   For my transgressions I myself know,+And my sin is in front of me constantly.+   Against you, you alone, I have sinned,+And what is bad in your eyes I have done,+In order that you may prove to be righteous when you speak,+That you may be in the clear when you judge.+   Look! With error I was brought forth with birth pains,+And in sin my mother conceived me.+   Look! You have taken delight in truthfulness itself in the inward parts;+And in the secret self may you cause me to know sheer wisdom.+   May you purify me from sin with hyssop, that I may be clean;+May you wash me, that I may become whiter even than snow.+   May you cause me to hear exultation and rejoicing,+That the bones that you have crushed may be joyful.+   Conceal your face from my sins,+And wipe out even all my errors.+ 10  Create in me even a pure heart, O God,+And put within me a new spirit, a steadfast one.+ 11  Do not throw me away from before your face;+And your holy spirit O do not take away from me.+ 12  Do restore to me the exultation of salvation by you,+And may you support me even with a willing spirit.+ 13  I will teach transgressors your ways,+That sinners themselves may turn right back to you.+ 14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness,*+ O God the God of my salvation,+That my tongue may joyfully tell about your righteousness.+ 15  O Jehovah,* may you open these lips of mine,+That my own mouth may tell forth your praise.+ 16  For you do not take delight in sacrifice—otherwise I would give [it];+In whole burnt offering you do not find pleasure.+ 17  The sacrifices to God are a broken spirit;+A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not despise.+ 18  In your goodwill do deal well with Zion;+May you build the walls of Jerusalem.+ 19  In that case you will be delighted with sacrifices of righteousness,+With burnt sacrifice and whole offering;+In that case bulls will be offered up on your very own altar.+


“God.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ.
Or, “loyal love.”
Lit., “bloods.”
One of 134 scrib­al changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.