Thursday, September 29, 2011

THE PSALM 51 - A Prayer for Cleansing




           



1  Have mercy upon me, O God,
        
according to thy loving-kindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies
blot out my transgressions.
2  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,
        
and cleanse me from my sin.
3  For I acknowledge my transgressions:
        
and my sin is ever before me.
4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
        
and done this evil in thy sight:
that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest,
and be clear when thou judgest. 
5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
        
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
        
and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
        
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8  Make me to hear joy and gladness;
        
that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9  Hide thy face from my sins,
        
and blot out all mine iniquities.
10  Create in me a clean heart, O God;
        
and renew a right spirit within me.
11  Cast me not away from thy presence;
        
and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
        
and uphold me with thy free Spirit.
13  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;
        
and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
        
thou God of my salvation:
and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15  O Lord, open thou my lips;
        
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
16  For thou desirest not sacrifice;
        
else would I give it:
thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:
        
a broken and a contrite heart, O God,
thou wilt not despise.
18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion:
        
build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
        
with burnt offering and whole burnt offering:
then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.





                   




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