Psalm 51

Words: The Scottish Psalter

C. M.

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, 
when Nathan the prophet came unto him, 
after he had gone into Bathsheba
   1  After thy loving-kindness, Lord,
         have mercy upon me:
      For thy compassions great, blot out
         all mine iniquity.
   2  Me cleanse from sin, and thoroughly wash
         from mine iniquity:
   3  For my transgressions I confess;
         my sin I ever see.
   4  'Gainst thee, thee only, have I sinned,
         in thy sight done this ill;
      That when thou speak'st thou may'st be just,
         and clear in judging still.
   5  Behold, I in iniquity
         was formed the womb within;
      My mother also me conceived
         in guiltiness and sin.
   6  Behold, thou in the inward parts
         with truth delighted art;
      And wisdom thou shalt make me know
         within the hidden part.
   7  Do thou with hyssop sprinkle me,
         I shall be cleansed so;
      Yea, wash thou me, and then I shall
         be whiter than the snow.
   8  Of gladness and of joyfulness
         make me to hear the voice;
      That so these very bones which thou
         hast broken may rejoice.
   9  All mine iniquities blot out,
         thy face hide from my sin.
  10  Create a clean heart, Lord, renew
         a right sp'rit me within.
  11  Cast me not from thy sight, nor take
         thy Holy Sp'rit away.
  12  Restore me thy salvation's joy;
         with thy free Sp'rit me stay.
  13  Then will I teach thy ways unto
         those that transgressors be;
      And those that sinners are shall then
         be turned unto thee.
  14  O God, of my salvation God,
         me from blood-guiltiness
      Set free; then shall my tongue aloud
         sing of thy righteousness.
  15  My closèd lips, O Lord, by thee
         let them be opened;
      Then shall thy praises by my mouth
         abroad be publishèd.
  16  For thou desir'st not sacrifice,
         else would I give it thee;
      Nor wilt thou with burnt-offering
         at all delighted be.
  17  A broken spirit is to God
         a pleasing sacrifice:
      A broken and a contrite heart,
         Lord, thou wilt not despise.
  18  Show kindness, and do good, O Lord,
         to Zion, thine own hill:
      The walls of thy Jerusalem
         build up of thy good will.
  19  Then righteous off 'rings shall thee please,
         and off 'rings burnt, which they
      With whole burnt-off 'rings, and with calves,
         shall on thine altar lay.

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