Psalms Chapter 51 – Prayer for remission of sins, and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.)

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.


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


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


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


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


6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou 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 thou hast broken may rejoice.


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


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


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


12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.


13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.


14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.


15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.


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


17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.


18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build thou the walls of Jerusalem.


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