1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had agone 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 bWash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For cI acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 dAgainst thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil ein thy sight: fthat thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 gBehold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 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 hCreate in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away jfrom thy presence; and take not thy iholy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy kfree 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. 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. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with lthe sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.