For the choir director; a psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David’s adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have pity on me, O God, in keeping with your mercy. In keeping with your unlimited compassion, wipe out my rebellious acts. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 I admit that I am rebellious. My sin is always in front of me. 4 I have sinned against you, especially you. I have done what you consider evil. So you hand down justice when you speak, and you are blameless when you judge.
5 Indeed, I was born guilty. I was a sinner when my mother conceived me. 6 Yet, you desire truth and sincerity.[a] Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom. 7 Purify me from sin with hyssop,[b] and I will be clean.[c] Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness. Let the bones that you have broken dance. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and wipe out all that I have done wrong.
10 Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me. 11 Do not force me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience.
13 Then I will teach your ways to those who are rebellious, and sinners will return to you. 14 Rescue me from the guilt of murder, O God, my savior. Let my tongue sing joyfully about your righteousness! 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will tell about your praise. 16 You are not happy with any sacrifice. Otherwise, I would offer one to you. You are not pleased with burnt offerings. 17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart. 18 Favor Zion with your goodness. Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit— with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Young bulls will be offered on your altar.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade to the best Bible Gateway experience! With Bible Gateway Plus, you gain instant access to a digital Bible study library, including complete notes from the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible and the New Bible Commentary. Try it free for 30 days!