1 For the director
of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after
David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot
out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a]; you teach [b] me wisdom
in the inmost place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be
whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit,
to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back
14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue
will sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take
pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite
heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight
you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.