Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when (A)Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

51 (B)Have mercy on me,[a] O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your (C)abundant mercy
    (D)blot out my transgressions.
(E)Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and (F)cleanse me from my sin!

(G)For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
(H)Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil (I)in your sight,
(J)so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 51:1 Or Be gracious to me

13     and (A)rend your hearts and not (B)your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    (C)for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    (D)and he relents over disaster.

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Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who (A)repents than over ninety-nine (B)righteous persons who need no repentance.

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10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before (A)the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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37 Now when (A)they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, (B)what shall we do?”

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