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Jehovah’s Witnesses



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.