Psalm 51[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.(A)

Have mercy(B) on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;(C)
according to your great compassion(D)
    blot out(E) my transgressions.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 51:1 In Hebrew texts 51:1-19 is numbered 51:3-21.

24 No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”;(A)
    and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.(B)

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Speak tenderly(A) to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service(B) has been completed,(C)
    that her sin has been paid for,(D)
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double(E) for all her sins.

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25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions,(A) for my own sake,(B)
    and remembers your sins(C) no more.(D)

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22 I have swept away(A) your offenses like a cloud,
    your sins like the morning mist.
Return(B) to me,
    for I have redeemed(C) you.”

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Let the wicked forsake(A) their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.(B)
Let them turn(C) to the Lord, and he will have mercy(D) on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.(E)

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18 Who is a God(A) like you,
    who pardons sin(B) and forgives(C) the transgression
    of the remnant(D) of his inheritance?(E)
You do not stay angry(F) forever
    but delight to show mercy.(G)

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