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Psalm 51:16-18 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

16 You don’t really want sacrifices,
    or I would give them to you.
17 The sacrifice that God wants is a humble spirit.
    God, you will not turn away someone who comes with a humble heart and is willing to obey you.[a]

18 God, please be good to Zion.
    Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.


  1. Psalm 51:17 someone … obey you Literally, “a broken and crushed heart.”
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Psalm 51:16-18 New International Version (NIV)

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[a] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.


  1. Psalm 51:17 Or The sacrifices of God are
New International Version (NIV)

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