Psalm 51
A Prayer for Restoration
For the choir director. A psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba.51:0 2Sm 12:1
1Be gracious to me, God,
according to your faithful love;
according to your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.51:1 Is 43:25; Ac 3:19
2Completely wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.51:2 Is 1:16; Jr 33:8; 1Jn 1:7,9
3For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.51:3 Ps 32:5; Pr 28:13; Is 59:12
4Against you — you alone — I have sinned
and done this evil in your sight.51:4 Ps 41:4
So you are right when you pass sentence;
you are blameless when you judge.51:4 Rm 3:4
5Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me.51:5 Jb 15:14; Ps 58:3; Rm 5:12–13

6Surely you desire integrity in the inner self,
and you teach me wisdom deep within.51:6 Jb 38:36; Pr 2:6; Ec 2:26
7Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.51:7 Lv 14:4,49; Nm 19:18; Is 1:18
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.51:8 Ps 35:10; Is 38:13
9Turn your face away51:9 Lit Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my guilt.51:9 Jr 16:17

10God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast51:10 Or right spirit within me.51:10 Ps 24:4; Mt 5:8; Jms 4:8
11Do not banish me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.51:11 2Kg 13:23; Is 63:10–11; Jr 7:15
12Restore the joy of your salvation to me,
and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.51:12 Ps 13:5
13Then I will teach the rebellious your ways,
and sinners will return to you.51:13 Ex 33:13; Ps 25:4; Jr 2:33

14Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God51:14 Ps 26:9
God of my salvation —
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.51:14 Ps 35:28; 71:15
15Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.51:15 Ex 4:15; Ps 9:14
16You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
you are not pleased with a burnt offering.51:16 1Sm 15:22; Ps 40:6
17The sacrifice pleasing to God is51:17 Lit The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
You will not despise a broken and humbled heart, God.51:17 Ps 34:18

18In your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;
build the walls of Jerusalem.51:18 Ps 69:35; 102:16; 147:2
19Then you will delight in righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.51:19 Ps 4:5; 66:13,15; Mal 3:3