Psalm 51

For the end, a Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, when he had gone to Bersabee.

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy great mercy; and according to


the multitude of thy compassions blot out my transgression. 2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I am conscious of mine iniquity; and my sin is continually before me. 4 Against thee only have I sinned, and done evil before thee: that thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 5 For, behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother conceive me.

6 For, behold, thou lovest truth: thou hast manifested to me the secret and hidden things of thy wisdom. 7 Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be purified: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. 8 Thou shalt cause me to hear gladness and joy: the afflicted bones shall rejoice. 9 Turn away 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 in my inward parts. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and remove not thy holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation: establish me with thy 1directing Spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and ungodly men shall turn to thee. 14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation: and my tongue shall joyfully declare thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, thou shalt open my lips; and my mouth shall declare thy praise. 16 For if thou desiredst sacrifice, I would have given it: thou wilt not take pleasure in whole-burnt-offerings. 17 Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit: a broken and humbled heart God will not despise.

18 Do good, O Lord, to Sion in thy good pleasure; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, 2offering, and whole-burnt-sacrifices: then shall they offer calves upon thine altar.

Psalm 52

For the end, a Psalm of 3instruction by David, when Doec the Idumean came and told Saul, and said to him, David is gone to the house of Abimelech.

1 Why dost thou, O mighty man, boast of iniquity in thy mischief? All the day 2 thy tongue has devised unrighteousness; like a sharpened razor thou hast wrought deceit. 3 Thou hast loved wickedness more than goodness; unrighteousness better than to speak righteousness. Pause. 4 Thou has loved all words of destruction, and a deceitful tongue.

5 Therefore may God destroy thee for ever, may he pluck thee up and utterly remove thee from thy dwelling, and thy root from the land of the living. Pause. 6 And the righteous shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him, and say, 7 Behold the man who made not God his help; but trusted in the abundance of his wealth, and strengthened himself in his vanity.

8 But I am as a fruitful olive in the house of God: I have trusted in the mercy of


God for ever, even for evermore. 9 I will give thanks to thee for ever, for thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before the saints.

1 Gr. governing.

2 Properly, 'a heave or wave-offering.'

3 Gr. understanding.


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