The Message

Psalm 51

A David Psalm, After He Was Confronted by Nathan About the Affair with Bathsheba

11-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
    Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
    soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
    my sins are staring me down.

4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
    it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
    whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
    in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
    Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
    scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
    set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
    give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
    shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
    or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
    put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
    so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
    and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
    I’ll let loose with your praise.

16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
    a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
    when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
    don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
    repair Jerusalem’s broken-down walls.
Then you’ll get real worship from us,
    acts of worship small and large,
Including all the bulls
    they can heave onto your altar!

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

诗篇 51

祈求上帝赦免

大卫与拔示芭通奸后,先知拿单来找他,他作了此诗,交给乐长。

1上帝啊,求你怜悯我,
因为你的慈爱永不改变;
求你除去我的过犯,
因为你有无限的怜悯。
求你洗净我的罪过,
清除我的罪恶。
我知道自己的过犯,
我的罪恶一直萦绕眼前。
我犯罪得罪了你,
唯独得罪了你,
做了你看为邪恶的事,
所以你对我的责备是正当的,
你对我的审判是公正的。
我生来就是个罪人,
在母腹成胎的时候就有罪。
你所喜爱的是内心的诚实,
求你使我内心有智慧。
求你用牛膝草洁净我的罪,
使我干净;
求你洗净我,使我比雪更白。
求你让我听到欢喜快乐的声音,
让我这被你压碎的骨头可以欢跳。
求你饶恕我的罪过,
除去我一切的罪恶。
10 上帝啊,
求你为我造一颗纯洁的心,
使我里面重新有正直的灵。
11 不要丢弃我,
使我离开你,
也不要从我身上收回你的圣灵。
12 求你让我重新享受蒙你拯救的喜乐,
赐我一颗乐意顺服你的心灵。
13 这样,我就能把你的法则教导罪人,
使他们归向你。
14 拯救我的上帝啊,
求你赦免我杀人流血的罪,
使我颂扬你的公义。
15 主啊,求你开我的口,
我要向你发出赞美。
16 你不喜欢祭物,
否则我会献上,
你也不喜爱燔祭。
17 你所要的祭是忧伤的心灵。
上帝啊,你必不轻看忧伤痛悔的心。
18 求你恩待锡安,重建耶路撒冷的城墙。
19 那时,你必悦纳诚心献上的祭物、燔祭和全牲燔祭,
人们必把公牛献在你的坛上。