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A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

  1 aBe gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
  According to the greatness of bYour compassion cblot out my transgressions.
  2 aWash me thoroughly from my iniquity
  And bcleanse me from my sin.
  3 For II aknow my transgressions,
  And my sin is ever before me.
  4 aAgainst You, You only, I have sinned
  And done what is bevil in Your sight,
  So that cYou Iare justified IIwhen You speak
  And IIIblameless when You judge.

[1] 2S 12:1 aPs 4:1; 109:26 bPs 69:16; 106:45 cPs 51:9; Is 43:25; 44:22; Ac 3:19; Col 2:14
[2] aPs 51:7; Is 1:16; 4:4; Jr 4:14; Ac 22:16; Rv 1:5 bJr 33:8; Ezk 36:33; He 9:14; 1 Jn 1:7, 9
[3] IOr I myself know aIs 59:12
[4] IOr may be in the right IIMany mss read in Your words IIILit pure aGn 20:6; 39:9; 2S 12:13; Ps 41:4 bLk 15:21 cRo 3:4

  5 ¶ Behold, I was abrought forth in iniquity,
  And in sin my mother conceived me.
  6 Behold, You desire atruth in the Iinnermost being,
  And in the hidden part You will bmake me know wisdom.
  7 IPurify me awith hyssop, and I shall be clean;
  IIWash me, and I shall be bwhiter than snow.
  8 IMake me to hear ajoy and gladness,
  Let the bbones which You have broken rejoice.
  9 aHide Your face from my sins
  And blot out all my iniquities.

[5] aJb 14:4; 15:14; Ps 58:3; Ep 2:3
[6] IOr inward parts aJb 38:36; Ps 15:2 bPv 2:6; Ec 2:26; Jm 1:5
[7] IOr May You purify...that I may be clean IIOr May You wash aEx 12:22; Lv 14:4; Nu 19:18; He 9:19 bIs 1:18
[8] IOr May You make aIs 35:10; Jol 1:16 bPs 35:10
[9] aJr 16:17

  10aCreate Iin me a bclean heart, O God,
  And renew IIa csteadfast spirit within me.
  11 aDo not cast me away from Your presence
  And do not take Your bHoly Spirit from me.
  12 Restore to me the ajoy of Your salvation
  And sustain me with a bwilling spirit.
  13 [Then] I will ateach transgressors Your ways,
  And sinners will Ibe bconverted to You.

[10] ILit for IIOr an upright aEzk 18:31; Ep 2:10 bPs 24:4; Mt 5:8; Ac 15:9 cPs 78:37
[11] a2K 13:23; 24:20; Jr 7:15 bIs 63:10, 11
[12] aPs 13:5 bPs 110:3
[13] IOr turn back aAc 9:21, 22 bPs 22:27

  14 ¶ Deliver me from abloodguiltiness, O God, bthe God of my salvation;
  [Then] my ctongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
  15 O Lord, Iaopen my lips,
  That my mouth may bdeclare Your praise.
  16 For You ado not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
  You are not pleased with burnt offering.
  17 The sacrifices of God are a abroken spirit;
  A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

[14] a2S 12:9; Ps 26:9 bPs 25:5 cPs 35:28; 71:15
[15] IOr may You open aEx 4:15 bPs 9:14
[16] a1S 15:22; Ps 40:6
[17] aPs 34:18

  18aBy Your favor do good to Zion;
  IbBuild the walls of Jerusalem.
  19 Then You will delight in Iarighteous sacrifices,
  In bburnt offering and whole burnt offering;
  Then IIyoung bulls will be offered on Your altar.

[18] IOr May You build aPs 69:35; Is 51:3 bPs 102:16; 147:2
[19] IOr sacrifices of righteousness IILit they will offer young bulls aPs 4:5 bPs 66:13, 15


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David prayeth for remission of sins, whereof he maketh a deep confession.

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.]] Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

[1] Ex 34:6; Nu 14:18; 2S 11:2; Ne 4:5; Ps 5:7; 25:6; 40:11; 51:9; 69:13, 16; 77:9; 106:7, 45; 109:21; 119:124; 145:9; Is 43:25; 44:22; 63:7, 15; Jr 18:23; Lm 3:32; Dn 9:9, 18; Mi 7:18; Ac 3:19; Ro 5:20; Ep 1:6; 2:4; Col 2:14.
[2] Ps 19:12; 51:7; Ezk 36:25; Zc 13:1; 1Co 6:11; He 9:13; 10:21; 1Jn 1:7; Rv 1:5; 7:14.
[3] Lv 26:40; Ne 9:2; Jb 33:27; Ps 32:5; 38:18; 40:12; Pv 28:13; Is 59:12; Jr 3:25; Lk 15:18.
[4] Gn 9:6; 20:6; 38:7; 39:9; Lv 5:19; 6:2; 2S 12:9, 13; 2K 17:17; 21:6; Ps 50:4, 6; Lk 7:29; 15:21; Ac 17:31; Ro 2:5; 3:4; Jm 2:9, 11; Rv 15:3; 16:5; 19:11.
[5] Gn 5:3; 8:21; Jb 14:4; 15:14; Ps 58:3; Jn 3:6; Ro 5:12; Ep 2:3.

He prayeth for sanctification.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit. 13 [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

[6] Gn 20:5; 1S 16:7; 2K 20:3; 1Ch 29:17; 2Ch 31:20; Jb 32:8; 38:36; Ps 5:9; 26:2; 125:4; Pv 2:21; Jr 5:3; 31:33; 32:40; Lk 11:39; Jn 4:23; Ro 7:22; 2Co 1:12; Jm 4:8; 1P 3:4.
[7] Lv 14:4, 49; Nu 19:18; Is 1:18; Ep 5:26; He 9:13, 19; 1Jn 1:7; Rv 1:5; 7:13.
[8] Jb 5:17; Ps 6:2; 13:5; 30:11; 38:3; 119:81; 126:5; Is 57:15; Ho 6:1; Mt 5:4; Lk 4:18; Ac 2:37; 16:29.
[9] Ps 51:1; Is 38:17; Jr 16:17; Mi 7:18; Col 2:14.
[10] Jsh 14:14; 1K 15:3; Ps 73:1; 78:8, 37; Pv 20:9; Jr 13:27; 32:39; Ezk 11:19; 18:31; 36:25, 37; Mt 5:8; Ac 11:23; 15:9; Ro 12:2; 1Co 15:58; 2Co 5:17; Ep 2:10; 4:22; Col 3:10; Tit 3:5; Jm 1:8; 1P 1:22.
[11] Gn 4:14; 6:3; Jg 13:25; 15:14; 16:20; 1S 10:10; 16:14; 2S 7:15; 2K 13:23; 17:18; 23:27; Ps 43:2; 71:9, 18; Is 63:10; Lk 11:13; Jn 14:26; Ro 1:4; 8:9; Ep 4:30; 2Th 1:9.
[12] Jb 29:2; Ps 13:5; 17:5; 19:13; 21:1; 35:9; 85:6; 119:116, 133; Is 41:10; 49:13; 57:17; 61:10; Jr 10:23; 31:9; Lk 1:47; Ro 5:2; 8:15; 14:4; 2Co 3:17; Ga 4:6; 1P 1:5; Jde 1:24.
[13] Ps 19:7; 25:4, 8; 32:5, 8; Is 2:3; 6:10; Jr 31:18; Zc 3:1; Mt 18:3; Lk 22:32; Jn 21:15; Ac 2:38; 3:19; 9:19; 13:10; 15:3; 26:18; 2Co 5:8; Jm 5:19.
[14] Gn 9:6; 42:22; 2S 3:28; 11:15; 12:9; 21:1; Ezr 9:13; Ne 9:33; Ps 26:9; 35:28; 38:22; 55:23; 68:20; 71:15; 86:12; 88:1; Is 12:2; 45:17; Ezk 33:8; Dn 9:7, 16; Ho 4:2; Hab 3:18; Ac 18:6; 20:26; Ro 10:3.
[15] Gn 44:16; Ex 4:11; 1S 2:9; Ps 63:3; 119:13; Ezk 3:27; 16:63; 29:21; Mt 22:12; Mk 7:34; Ro 3:19; He 13:15.

God delighteth not in sacrifice, but in sincerity.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

[16] Ex 21:14; Nu 15:27, 30; 35:31; Dt 22:22; Ps 40:6; 50:8; 51:6; Pv 15:8; 21:27; Is 1:11; Jr 7:22, 27; Ho 6:6; Am 5:21; He 10:5.
[17] 2K 22:19; 2Ch 33:12; Ps 22:24; 34:18; 102:17; 107:22; 147:3; Is 57:15; 61:1; 66:2; Ezk 9:3, 6; Am 5:21; Mt 5:3; Mk 12:33; Lk 7:39; 15:2, 10, 21; 18:11; Ro 12:1; Php 4:18; He 13:16; 1P 2:5.

He prayeth for the Church.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

[18] Ne 2:17; Ps 25:22; 102:16; 122:6; 137:5; Is 58:12; 62:1, 6; Jr 51:50; Dn 9:25; Mi 7:11; Zc 2:5; Lk 12:32; 2Co 11:28; Ep 1:5, 9; Php 2:13; 2Th 1:11.
[19] Ps 4:5; 66:13; 118:27; Mal 3:3; Ro 12:1; Ep 5:2.


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