Psalm 51:1–10

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness;   in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me through and through from my wickedness   and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,   and my sin is ever before me.

Against you only have I sinned   and done what is evil in your sight.

And so you are justified when you speak   and upright in your judgment.

Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,   a sinner from my mother’s womb.

For behold, you look for truth deep within me,   and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure;   wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

Make me hear of joy and gladness,   that the body you have broken may rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins   and blot out all my iniquities.