¶ To the chanter, a Psalm of David, when the Prophet Nathan came unto him, after he was gone in to Bethsabe.Have mercy upon me (O God) after thy goodness, and according unto thy great mercies, do away mine offenses. Wash me well from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin. For I knowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me. Against thee only, against thee have I sinned, and done evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and shouldest overcome when thou art judged. Behold, I was born in wickedness, and in sin hath my mother conceived me. But lo, thou hast a pleasure in the truth, and hast shewed me secret wisdom.
¶ O purge me with Isope, and I shall be clean: wash thou me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Oh let me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken, may rejoice. Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds. Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me. O give me the comfort of thy help again, and establish me with thy free spirit. Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, that sinners may be converted unto thee.
¶ Deliver me from bloodguiltiness O God, thou that art the God of my health, that my tongue may praise thy righteousness. Open my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may shew thy praise. For if thou hadst pleasure in sacrifice, I would give it thee: but thou delightest not in burntofferings. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise. O be favourable and gracious unto Sion, that the walls of Ierusalem may be builded. For then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burntofferings and oblations: then shall they lay bullocks upon thine altar.