1 Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; ♦︎
according to the abundance of your compassion
blot out my offences.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness ♦︎
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my faults ♦︎
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned ♦︎
and done what is evil in your sight,
5 So that you are justified in your sentence ♦︎
and righteous in your judgement.
6 I have been wicked even from my birth, ♦︎
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
7 Behold, you desire truth deep within me ♦︎
and shall make me understand wisdom
in the depths of my heart.
8 Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; ♦︎
wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, ♦︎
that the bones you have broken may rejoice.
10 Turn your face from my sins ♦︎
and blot out all my misdeeds.
11 Make me a clean heart, O God, ♦︎
and renew a right spirit within me.
12 Cast me not away from your presence ♦︎
and take not your holy spirit from me.
13 Give me again the joy of your salvation ♦︎
and sustain me with your gracious spirit;
14 Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked ♦︎
and sinners shall return to you.
15 Deliver me from my guilt, O God,
the God of my salvation, ♦︎
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.
16 O Lord, open my lips ♦︎
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
17 For you desire no sacrifice, else I would give it; ♦︎
you take no delight in burnt offerings.
18 The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; ♦︎
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
19 O be favourable and gracious to Zion; ♦︎
build up the walls of Jerusalem.
20 Then you will accept sacrifices offered in righteousness,
the burnt offerings and oblations; ♦︎
then shall they offer up bulls on your altar.
1 Save me, O God, by your name ♦︎
and vindicate me by your power.
2 Hear my prayer, O God; ♦︎
give heed to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers have risen up against me,
and the ruthless seek after my life; ♦︎
they have not set God before them.
4 Behold, God is my helper; ♦︎
it is the Lord who upholds my life.
5 May evil rebound on those who lie in wait for me; ♦︎
destroy them in your faithfulness.
6 An offering of a free heart will I give you ♦︎
and praise your name, O Lord, for it is gracious.
7 For he has delivered me out of all my trouble, ♦︎
and my eye has seen the downfall of my enemies.