Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

Psalm 51

1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
a Blot out my transgressions.
2 b Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4 c Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil d in Your sight -
e That You may be found just 1 when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
5 f Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

7 g Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be h whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken i may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
10 j Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your k Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your l generous Spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For m You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 n The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart -
These, O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with o the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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