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1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly 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 shew 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67
Chapter 68
Chapter 69
Chapter 70
Chapter 71
Chapter 72
Chapter 73
Chapter 74
Chapter 75
Chapter 76
Chapter 77
Chapter 78
Chapter 79
Chapter 80
Chapter 81
Chapter 82
Chapter 83
Chapter 84
Chapter 85
Chapter 86
Chapter 87
Chapter 88
Chapter 89
Chapter 90
Chapter 91
Chapter 92
Chapter 93
Chapter 94
Chapter 95
Chapter 96
Chapter 97
Chapter 98
Chapter 99
Chapter 100
Chapter 101
Chapter 102
Chapter 103
Chapter 104
Chapter 105
Chapter 106
Chapter 107
Chapter 108
Chapter 109
Chapter 110
Chapter 111
Chapter 112
Chapter 113
Chapter 114
Chapter 115
Chapter 116
Chapter 117
Chapter 118
Chapter 119
Chapter 120
Chapter 121
Chapter 122
Chapter 123
Chapter 124
Chapter 125
Chapter 126
Chapter 127
Chapter 128
Chapter 129
Chapter 130
Chapter 131
Chapter 132
Chapter 133
Chapter 134
Chapter 135
Chapter 136
Chapter 137
Chapter 138
Chapter 139
Chapter 140
Chapter 141
Chapter 142
Chapter 143
Chapter 144
Chapter 145
Chapter 146
Chapter 147
Chapter 148
Chapter 149
Chapter 150

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1 Enakshi Ganguly = "God Forgives Us"
2 Enakshi Ganguly = "Psalm Pinterest Activities"
3 Deena E = "It is believed that King David wrote this psalm after being confronted by the prophet Nathan about his adulterous affair with Bathsheba--see 2 Samuel 12."
4 Sarah R = "Quoted by Paul in Romans 3:3,43 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
5 Raymond Huerta = "Christian interpreters through the ages have understood this verse as a prime expression of the doctrine of original sin. Some early rabbis register a similar notion-as they put it, David's father, Jesse, did not have relations with his wife to fulfill a higher obligation but rather out of sheer lust. Alter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
6 Cary W = "God sees our very depths and there longs for us to know the truth and wisdom of His love and Spirit."
7 Raymond Huerta = "This whole verse is the one line in the poem that is odd. The meaning of batuhot, "what's hidden," or "hidden things," is not certain. Traditional commentators generally think it refers to the inner organs. It is unclear what the line as a whole means to say, the speaker feels he may harbor guilt for transgressions of which he is not consciously aware, and asks God to reveal these to him.Alter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
8 Raymond Huerta = "Hyssop was used in a ritual of purification. The priest dipped the hyssop branch in the blood of a sacrificial animal, then sprinkled it on the impure object or person to expunge the impurity. Alternately, hyssop was used to sprinkle water to remove impurities.Alter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
9 Raymond Huerta = "The same image is used in Isaiah 1:18"
10 Sarah Mangum = ""
11 Sarah Mangum = ""
12 Enakshi Ganguly = "Stuff We Do: Create in Me a Clean Heart"
13 Raymond Huerta = "The Hebrew verb has a connotation of violent action for which the conventional translation of it as "cast" is too tame.Alter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
14 Raymond Huerta = "At the completion of the process of transformation that the confessional speaker imagines, he will be so different from his former condition as a reprobate that he will be able to teach those who err what God requires of themAlter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
15 Raymond Huerta = "Although Isaiah and Micah equally stress that what God requires of man is not animal sacrifices but ethical behavior, here there is an arresting new emphasis on an inward condition of contrition.Alter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
16 Raymond Huerta = "The poem until this moment at the end has been entirely concerned with the remorseful confession of an individual, so this prayer for the rebuilding of Jerusalem looks suspiciously like a conclusion added by an editor.Alter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."
17 Raymond Huerta = "In this rebuilt Jerusalem, this would seem to be the specific implication of the repeated "then," with a rebuilt temple, it will once again be possible to offer sacrifices. Alter, Robert. "51." The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print."