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Psalm 51 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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A Contrite Sinner's Prayer for Pardon.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:1 - For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when [fn]Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:2 - Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:3 - For [fn]I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:4 - Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You [fn]are justified [fn]when You speak
And [fn]blameless when You judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:5 - Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:6 - Behold, You desire truth in the [fn]innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:7 - [fn]Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
[fn]Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:8 - [fn]Make me to hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:9 - Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:10 - Create [fn]in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew [fn]a steadfast spirit within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:11 - Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:12 - Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:13 - Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will [fn]be converted to You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:14 - Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:15 - O Lord, [fn]open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:16 - For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:17 - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:18 - By Your favor do good to Zion;
[fn]Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:19 - Then You will delight in [fn]righteous sacrifices,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then [fn]young bulls will be offered on Your altar.
NASB95 Footnotes
2 Sam 12:1
Or, I myself know
Or, may be in the right
Many mss read in Your words
Literally: pure
Or, inward parts
Or, May You purify...that I may be clean
Or, May You wash
Or, May You make
Literally: for
Or, an upright
Or, turn back
Or, may You open
Or, May You build
Or, sacrifices of righteousness
Literally: they will offer young bulls

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