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A Contrite Sinner's Prayer for Pardon.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan F459 the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1 Be R1537 gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;

According to the greatness of Your R1538 compassion blot R1539 out my transgressions.

2 Wash R1540 me thoroughly from my iniquity

And cleanse R1541 me from my sin.

3 For I F460 know R1542 my transgressions,

And my sin is ever before me.

4 Against R1543 You, You only, I have sinned

And done what is evil R1544 in Your sight,

So that You R1545 are F461 justified when F462 You speak

And blameless F463 when You judge.

5 Behold, I was brought R1546 forth in iniquity,

And in sin my mother conceived me.

6 Behold, You desire truth R1547 in the innermost F464 being,

And in the hidden part You will make R1548 me know wisdom.

7 Purify F465 me with R1549 hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Wash F466 me, and I shall be whiter R1550 than snow.

8 Make F467 me to hear joy R1551 and gladness,

Let the bones R1552 which You have broken rejoice.

9 Hide R1553 Your face from my sins

And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create R1554 in F468 me a clean R1555 heart, O God,

And renew a F469 steadfast R1556 spirit within me.

11 Do R1557 not cast me away from Your presence

And do not take Your Holy R1558 Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy R1559 of Your salvation

And sustain me with a willing R1560 spirit.

13 Then I will teach R1561 transgressors Your ways,

And sinners will be F470 converted R1562 to You.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, R1563 O God, the R1564 God of my salvation;

Then my tongue R1565 will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open R1566 F471 my lips,

That my mouth may declare R1567 Your praise.

16 For You do R1568 not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;

You are not pleased with burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken R1569 spirit;

A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

18 By R1570 Your favor do good to Zion;

Build R1571 F472 the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then You will delight in righteous R1572 F473 sacrifices,

In burnt R1573 offering and whole burnt offering;

Then young F474 bulls will be offered on Your altar.

F459: Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
F460: I.e. the nether world
F461: Lit Away from his habitation
F462: Lit hand
F463: I.e. the nether world
F464: Or wealth
F465: Or wealth
F466: Lit his soul
F467: Lit You; or It
F468: Lit honor
F469: Or animals
F470: Lit are destroyed
F471: 1+@Chr 15:17; 2+@Chr 29:30
F472: Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
F473: Or to
F474: Or in My mind; lit with Me

R1537: Psalms 4:1; 109:26
R1538: Psalms 69:16; 106:45
R1539: Psalms 51:9; Isaiah 43:25; 44:22; Acts 3:19; Colossians 2:14
R1540: Psalms 51:7; Isaiah 1:16; 4:4; Jeremiah 4:14; Acts 22:16; Revelation 1:5
R1541: Jeremiah 33:8; Ezekiel 36:33; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 1:7,9
R1542: Isaiah 59:12
R1543: Genesis 20:6; 39:9; 2 Samuel 12:13; Psalms 41:4
R1544: Luke 15:21
R1545: Romans 3:4
R1546: Job 1:14:4; 15:14; Psalms 58:3; Ephesians 2:3
R1547: Job 1:38:36; Psalms 15:2
R1548: Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26; James 1:5
R1549: Exodus 12:22; Leviticus 14:4; Numbers 19:18; Hebrews 9:19
R1550: Isaiah 1:18
R1551: Isaiah 35:10; Joel 1:16
R1552: Psalms 35:10
R1553: Jeremiah 16:17
R1554: Ezekiel 18:31; Ephesians 2:10
R1555: Psalms 24:4; Matthew 5:8; Acts 15:9
R1556: Psalms 78:37
R1557: 2 Kings 13:23; 24:20; Jeremiah 7:15
R1558: Isaiah 63:10,11
R1559: Psalms 13:5
R1560: Psalms 110:3
R1561: Acts 9:21,22
R1562: Psalms 22:27
R1563: 2 Samuel 12:9; Psalms 26:9
R1564: Psalms 25:5
R1565: Psalms 35:28; 71:15
R1566: Exodus 4:15
R1567: Psalms 9:14
R1568: 1 Samuel 15:22; Psalms 40:6
R1569: Psalms 34:18
R1570: Psalms 69:35; Isaiah 51:3
R1571: Psalms 102:16; 147:2
R1572: Psalms 4:5
R1573: Psalms 66:13,15


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