Psalm 51 A Prayer for Pardon and Cleansing

Psalm 51 A Prayer for Pardon and Cleansing

Psalm 51

A Prayer for Forgiveness and Cleansing

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy steadfast love;

according to Thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my 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,

so that Thou art justified in Thy sentence

and blameless in Thy judgment.

5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being;

therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Fill me with joy and gladness;

let the bones which Thou hast broken rejoice.

9 Hide Thy face from my sins,

and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and put a new and right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from Thy presence,

and take not Thy holy Spirit from me.

Psalm 51 A Prayer for Pardon and Cleansing

12 Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation,

and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways,

and sinners will return to Thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,

Thou God of my salvation,

and my tongue will sing aloud of Thy deliverance.

15 O Lord, open Thou my lips,

and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.

16 For Thou hast no delight in sacrifice;

were I to give a burnt offering, Thou wouldst not be pleased.

17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in Thy good pleasure;

rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,

19 then wilt Thou delight in right sacrifices,

in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;

then bulls will be offered on Thy altar.

– Psalm 51

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