For the Musical Director.
A Psalm of David,
when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
1 Show favor to me, O God,
according to your covenant faithfulness.
According to the multitude of your tender mercies,
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions.
And my sin is constantly before me.
4 Against you, you alone, I have sinned,
and done what is evil in your eyes;
so that you may be justified when you speak
and pure when you judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in guilt.
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, you desire faithfulness in the inward parts.
And you declare wisdom to me secretly.
7 Purify me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness,
that the bones that you have crushed may rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all of my guilt.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God.
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation.
And support me with a willing spirit.
13 I will teach transgressors your roads.
Then sinners will turn to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God of my salvation.
My tongue will shout with joy concerning your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips.
Then my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you do not delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it.
You have no pleasure in a burnt offering.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.
A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good in your favor to Zion.
Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of my righteousness;
a burnt offering and a whole burnt offering.
Then they will offer bulls on your altar.