(For the music leader. A psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David had been with Bathsheba.)
A Prayer for Forgiveness
51 You are kind, God! Please have pity on me. You are always merciful! Please wipe away my sins. 2 Wash me clean from all of my sin and guilt. 3 I know about my sins, and I cannot forget my terrible guilt. 4 You are really the one I have sinned against; I have disobeyed you and have done wrong. So it is right and fair for you to correct and punish me.
5 I have sinned and done wrong since the day I was born. 6 But you want complete honesty, so teach me true wisdom. 7 Wash me with hyssop[a] until I am clean and whiter than snow. 8 Let me be happy and joyful! You crushed my bones, now let them celebrate. 9 Turn your eyes from my sin and cover my guilt. 10 Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again.
51.7hyssop: A small bush with bunches of small, white flowers. It was sometimes used as a symbol for making a person clean from sin.
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