1: (To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.) Be gracious unto me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according to the abundance of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. 2: Wash me fully from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3: For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is continually before me. 4: Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in thy sight; that thou mayest be justified when thou speakest, be clear when thou judgest. 5: Behold, in iniquity was I brought forth, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6: Behold, thou wilt have truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden [part] thou wilt make me to know wisdom. 7: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8: Make me to hear gladness and joy; [that] the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9: Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11: Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not the spirit of thy holiness from me. 12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and let a willing spirit sustain me. 13: I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall return unto thee. 14: Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15: Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare thy praise. 16: For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering. 17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18: Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. 19: Then shalt thou have sacrifices of righteousness, burnt-offering, and whole burnt-offering; then shall they offer up bullocks upon thine altar.