Psalms 51:1-19 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2- Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3- For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4- Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5- Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6- Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7- Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8- Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that 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- Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12- Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13- Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. 14- Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 15- O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16- For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17- The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18- Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; 19- then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.