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Psalm 51:1–13

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Have mercy on me, O God,

because of your unfailing love.

Because of your great compassion,

blot out the stain of my sins.

Wash me clean from my guilt.

Purify me from my sin.

For I recognize my rebellion;

it haunts me day and night.

Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;

I have done what is evil in your sight.

You will be proved right in what you say,

and your judgment against me is just.*

For I was born a sinner—

yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

But you desire honesty from the womb,*

teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins,* and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Oh, give me back my joy again;

you have broken me—

now let me rejoice.

Don’t keep looking at my sins.

Remove the stain of my guilt.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Renew a loyal spirit within me.

11 Do not banish me from your presence,

and don’t take your Holy Spirit* from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and make me willing to obey you.

13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,

and they will return to you.

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*

51:4 Greek version reads and you will win your case in court. Compare Rom 3:4.

*

51:6 Or from the heart; Hebrew reads in the inward parts.

*

51:7 Hebrew Purify me with the hyssop branch.

*

51:11 Or your spirit of holiness.