Psalm 51

1God, be merciful to me, because of your great loving kindness, because of your great mercy, erase all my sins. 2God, scrub away my guilt. Wash away my sins, Make me clean again! 3I know I sinned. I always see those sins. 4I did the things you say are wrong. God, you are the One I sinned against. I confess these things so people will know I am wrong, and you are right. Your decisions are fair. 5I was born in sin, and in sin my mother conceived me. 6God, you want me to be truly loyal, so put true wisdom deep inside of me. 7Use the hyssop plant and do the ceremony to make me pure. Wash me until I am whiter than snow! 8Make me happy! Tell me how to be happy again. Let the bones you crushed be happy again! 9Don’t look at my sins! Erase them all! 10God, create a pure heart in me! Make my spirit strong again! 11Don’t push me away! And don’t take your Holy Spirit away from me! 12Your help made me so happy! Give me that joy again. Make my spirit strong and ready to obey you. 13I will teach sinners how you want them to live, and they will come back to you. 14God, spare me from the death penalty. My God, you are the One who Saves me! Let me sing about the good things that you do for me! 15My Master, I will open my mouth and sing your praises! 16You don’t really want sacrifices. So why should I give sacrifices that you don’t even want! 17The sacrifice that God wants is an humble spirit. God, you will not turn away a person who comes with an humble, submissive heart. 18God, please be good to Zion. Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 19Then you can enjoy the good sacrifices and whole burnt offerings. And people will again offer bulls on your altar.

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