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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 51

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1For the leader. A psalm of David, 2 when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had come to Bathsheba. b Cf. 2 Sam. 12 .

3Have mercy upon me, O God, as befits Your faithfulness; in keeping with Your abundant compassion, blot out my transgressions. 4Wash me thoroughly of my iniquity, and purify me of my sin; 5for I recognize my transgressions, and am ever conscious of my sin. 6Against You alone have I sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight; so You are just in Your sentence, and right in Your judgment. 7Indeed I was born with iniquity; with sin my mother conceived me. 8 a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Indeed You desire truth about that which is hidden; teach me wisdom about secret things. ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 9Purge me with hyssop till I am pure; wash me till I am whiter than snow. 10Let me hear tidings of joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed exult. 11Hide Your face from my sins; blot out all my iniquities. 12Fashion a pure heart for me, O God; create in me a steadfast spirit. 13Do not cast me out of Your presence, or take Your holy spirit away from me. 14Let me again rejoice in Your help; let a vigorous spirit sustain me. 15I will teach transgressors Your ways, that sinners may return to You. 16Save me from bloodguilt, O God, God, my deliverer, that I may sing forth Your beneficence. 17O LORD, open my lips, and let my mouth declare Your praise. 18You do not want me to bring sacrifices; You do not desire burnt offerings; 19True sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; God, You will not despise a contrite and crushed heart. 20May it please You to make Zion prosper; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 21Then You will want sacrifices offered in righteousness, burnt and whole offerings; then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

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a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b Cf. 2 Sam. 12 .

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