For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.*51:4 Greek version reads and you will win your case in court. Compare Rom 3:4.
5For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6But you desire honesty from the womb,*51:6 Or from the heart; Hebrew reads in the inward parts.
teaching me wisdom even there.
7Purify me from my sins,*51:7 Hebrew Purify me with the hyssop branch. and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.