Psalm 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God, in your enduring goodness:
    according to the fulness of your compassion blot out my offences.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness:
    and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my rebellion:
    and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your eyes:
    so you will be just in your sentence and blameless in your judging.
5 Surely in wickedness I was brought to birth:
    and in sin my mother conceived me.
6 You that desire truth in the inward parts:
    O teach me wisdom in the secret places of the heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear of joy and gladness:
    let the bones which you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins:
    and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God:
    and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me out from your presence:
    do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 O give me the gladness of your help again:
    and support me with a willing spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors your ways:
    and sinners shall turn to you again.
14 O Lord God of my salvation, deliver me from bloodshed:
    and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips:
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
16 You take no pleasure in sacrifice, or I would give it:
    burnt-offerings you do not want.
17 The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit:
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 In your graciousness do good to Zion:
    rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt-offerings and oblations:
    then will they offer young bulls upon your altar.