To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone 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.||
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.||
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.||
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:
that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
(51:5) "I was shapen in iniquity ... in sin did my mother conceive me."|
Women, sex, and babies are all evil to God.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part
thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter
"Wash me and I shall be made whiter
(Unknown, 12th Century)
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.||
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.||
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my
tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.||
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.||
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in
"For thou desirest not sacrifice ... Thou delightest not in burnt offering."|
Does God desire animal sacrifices?
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart,
O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.||
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with
burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon