I want a clean heart

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blog out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my
and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I
and done what is evil in your
so that you may be justified in
your words
and blameless in your
Behold, I was brought forth in
and in sin did my mother
conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in
the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in
the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall
be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter
than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have
broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart,
O God,
and renew a right spirit
within me.
Cast me not away from your
and take not your Holy Spirit
from me.
Restore to me the joy of your
and uphold me with a willing

Then I will teach transgressors
your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness,
O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud
of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your
For you will not delight in
sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a
burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not

Do good to Zion in your good
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then you will delight in right
in burnt offerings and whole
burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on
your altar.

Psalm 51


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