1Be merciful to me, O God,
because of your constant love.
Because of your great mercy
wipe away my sins!
2Wash away all my evil
and make me clean from my sin!
3I recognize my faults;
I am always conscious of my sins.
4- I have sinned against you—only against you—
and done what you consider evil.
So you are right in judging me;
you are justified in condemning me.
5I have been evil from the day I was born;
from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
6Sincerity and truth are what you require;
fill my mind with your wisdom.
7Remove my sin, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
and though you have crushed me and broken me,
I will be happy once again.
9Close your eyes to my sins
and wipe out all my evil.
10Create a pure heart in me, O God,
and put a new and loyal spirit in me.
11Do not banish me from your presence;
do not take your holy spirit away from me.
12Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13Then I will teach sinners your commands,
and they will turn back to you.
14Spare my life, O God, and save me,+
and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.
15Help me to speak, Lord,
and I will praise you.
16You do not want sacrifices,
or I would offer them;
you are not pleased with burnt offerings.
17My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God;
you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.
18O God, be kind to Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifices
and with our burnt offerings;
and bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.
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