For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.[a]
For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb,[b]
teaching me wisdom even there.
Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
- 51:4 Greek version reads and you will win your case in court. Compare Rom 3:4.
- 51:6 Or from the heart; Hebrew reads in the inward parts.
- 51:7 Hebrew Purify me with the hyssop branch.