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Psalms 51

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Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sins; for I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

I have sinned against You, against You truly. I have done what is evil in Your sight. Your judgments are right. Your sentence is just. For behold, I was formed in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

But You take delight in the truth. You have made known to me the secrets of your wisdom. Sprinkle me with Your hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Satisfy me with Your joy and gladness, that my bones which are crushed shall rejoice. Turn Your face away from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence; and take not Your holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation; and uphold me with Your glorious Spirit; then I will teach the wicked Your way, and sinners shall turn to You.

Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall praise Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall sing Your praises.

For You desire not sacrifices, You are not appeased by burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, which You will not despise.

By Your loving-kindness do good to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then they shall offer bullocks upon Your altar.

To you belongs praise, O God. Barekhmor.

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