To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of
David. When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had
gone in to Bath-sheba.
Have pity on me, O God, in
your mercy; out of a full heart, take away my sin.
Let all my wrongdoing be washed away, and
make me clean from evil.
For I am conscious of my error; my sin is
ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I done wrong,
working that which is evil in your eyes; so that your words
may be seen to be right, and you may be clear when you are
Truly, I was formed in evil, and in sin did my mother give
Your desire is for what is true in the inner parts: in the
secrets of my soul you will give me knowledge of wisdom.
Make me free from sin with hyssop: let me
be washed whiter than snow.
Make me full of joy and rapture; so that
the bones which have been broken may be glad.
Let your face be turned from my
wrongdoing, and take away all my sins.
Make a clean heart in me, O God; give me
a right spirit again.
Do not put me away from before you, or
take your holy spirit from me.
Give me back the joy of your salvation;
let a free spirit be my support.
Then will I make your ways clear to
wrongdoers; and sinners will be turned to you.
Be my saviour from violent death, O God,
the God of my salvation; and my tongue will give praise to
O Lord, let my lips be open, so that my
mouth may make clear your praise.
You have no desire for an offering or I
would give it; you have no delight in burned offerings.
The offerings of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and sorrowing heart, O God, you will not put from
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure, building up the walls
Then you will have delight in the
offerings of righteousness, in burned offerings and
offerings of beasts; then they will make offerings of oxen
on your altar.