Psalm 51 or
Miserere mei, Deus

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your
loving-kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is ever before me.

4Against you only have I sinned *
and done what is evil in your sight.

5And so you are justified when you speak *
and upright in your judgment.

6Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
a sinner from my mother's womb.

7For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
and will make me understand wisdom secretly

8Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

9Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.

10Hide your face from my sins *
and blot out all my iniquities.

11Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
and renew a right spirit within me.

12Cast me not away from your presence *
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

13Give me the joy of your saving help again *
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

14I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *
and sinners shall return to you.

15Deliver me from death, O God, *
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
O God of my salvation.

16Open my lips, O Lord, *
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

17Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, *
but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.

18The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

19Be favorable and gracious to Zion, *
and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

20Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices,
with burnt-offerings and oblations; *
then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.