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Psalm 51 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:1 - For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:2 - Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:3 - For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:4 - 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.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:5 - For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:6 - But you desire honesty from the womb,[fn]
teaching me wisdom even there.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:7 - Purify me from my sins,[fn] and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:8 - Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:9 - Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:11 - Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit[fn] from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:12 - Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:13 - Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:14 - Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:15 - Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:16 - You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:17 - The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:18 - Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:19 - Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
NLT Footnotes
Greek version reads and you will win your case in court. Compare Rom 3:4.
Or from the heart; Hebrew reads in the inward parts.
Hebrew Purify me with the hyssop branch.
Or your spirit of holiness.

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