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Psalm 51 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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A Prayer of Repentance
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:1 - To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
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 I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:4 - Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,[fn]
And 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 inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:7 - Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:8 - Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:9 - Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew 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 uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:13 - Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:14 - Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:15 - O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:16 - For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:17 - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:18 - Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:19 - Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint, Targum, and Vulgate read in Your words.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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