Psalms 51

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of Dawid, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bat-Sheva.

1 Have mercy upon me, O God (Elohim), according to Your lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight; that You mightest be justified when You speakest, and be clear when You judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, You desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part You shalt make me to know wisdom.

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

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which You have broken may rejoice.

9 Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God (Elohim); and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from Your presence; and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation; and uphold me with Your noble Spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways; and sinners shall be converted unto You.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God (Elohim), You God (Elohim) of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

15 O Lord (Adonai), open You my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth Your praise.

16 For You desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it; You delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God (Elohim) are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God (Elohim), You wilt not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure unto Zion (Tsiyon); build You the walls of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).

19 Then shalt You be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then shall they offer bullocks upon Your altar.