The repentance and confession of David
after his sin
 Unto the end, a psalm of David,  When Nathan the prophet came to
him after he had sinned with Bethsabee.  Have mercy on me, O God,
according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy
tender mercies blot out my iniquity.  Wash me yet more from my
iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my iniquity, and
my sin is always before me.
 To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that
thou mayst be justified in thy words and mayst overcome when thou art
judged.  For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did
my mother conceive me.  For behold thou hast loved truth: the
uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to
me.  Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed:
thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.  To my
hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been
humbled shall rejoice.
 Turn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
 Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within
my bowels.  Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy
spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and
strengthen me with a perfect spirit.  I will teach the unjust thy
ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee.
 Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my
tongue shall extol thy justice.  O Lord, thou wilt open my lips:
and my mouth shall declare thy praise.  For if thou hadst desired
sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt
not be delighted.  A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a
contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Deal
favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of
Jerusalem may be built up.
 Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and
whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.
When Truth No Longer
Published in 2010
The M+G+R Foundation
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