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A melody of David,
After Nathan the prophet spoke a word to David
About relations with Bath-she′ba

[1] Show me favor, O God, according to your loyal love.
Blot out my transgressions according to your great mercy.
[2] Thoroughly wash me from my error,
And cleanse me from my sin.
[3] For I am well-aware of my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
[4] Against you—you above all*—I have sinned;
What is bad in your eyes I have done.
Therefore, you are righteous when you speak,
You are right in your judgment.
[5] Look! I was born guilty of error,
And my mother conceived me in sin.
[6] Look! You find pleasure in truth in the inner person;
Teach my innermost self true wisdom.
[7] Purify me from my sin with hyssop, so that I will be clean;
Wash me, so that I will be whiter than snow.
[8] Let me hear sounds of joy and rejoicing,
So that the bones you crushed will rejoice.
[9] Turn your face away from my sins,
And wipe away all my errors.
[10] Create in me a pure heart, O God,
And put within me a new spirit, a steadfast one.
[11] Do not cast me out from your presence;
And do not take your holy spirit away from me.
[12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation;
Stir within me a willingness to obey you.
[13] I will teach transgressors your ways,
So that sinners will return to you.
[14] Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God of my salvation,
So that my tongue may joyfully declare your righteousness.
[15] O Jehovah, open my lips,
So that my mouth may declare your praise.
[16] For you do not want a sacrifice—otherwise I would give it;
You do not find delight in a whole burnt offering.
[17] The sacrifices pleasing to God are a broken spirit;
A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not reject.
[18] In your goodwill do what is good for Zion;
Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
[19] Then you will take delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,
The burnt sacrifices and the whole offerings;
Then bulls will be offered up on your altar.

— Psalm 51