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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book II
A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
[1]  HAVE mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:
According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
[2]  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
[3]  For I know my transgressions;
And my sin is ever before me.
[4]  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
And done that which is evil in thy sight;
That thou mayest be justified when thou speakest,
And be clear when thou judgest.
[5]  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity;
And in sin did my mother conceive me.
[6]  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts;
And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom.
[7]  Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
[8]  Make me to hear joy and gladness,
That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
[9]  Hide thy face from my sins,
And blot out all mine iniquities.
[10]  Create in 1 me a clean heart, O God;
And renew a right 2 spirit within me.
[11]  Cast me not away from thy presence;
And take not thy holy Spirit from me.
[12]  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
And uphold me with a willing spirit.
[13]  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;
And sinners shall be 3 converted unto thee.
[14]  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation;
And my tongue shall sing aloud of they righteousness.
[15]  O Lord, open thou my lips;
And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
[16]  For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else 4 would I give it:
Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.
[17]  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
[18]  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion:
Build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
[19]  Then wilt thou delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,
In burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering:
Then will they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
Note 1. Or, for me. [back]
Note 2. Or, stedfast. [back]
Note 3. Or, return. [back]
Note 4. Or, that I should give it. [back]


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