Have mercy on me O God in your great kindness:
in the fulness of your mercy blot
out my offences.
Wash away all my guilt:
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults:
and my sin is always before me.
Against you only have I sinned
and done evil in your sight:
so that you are justified in your sentence,
and blameless in your judging.
Evil have I been from my birth:
sinner I am from the time of
But you desire truth in our inward being:
therefore teach me wisdom in
my secret heart.
with water and I shall be clean:
wash me, and I shall be whiter
Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness:
that the bones you have broken
Turn away your face from my sins:
and blot out all my misdeeds.
Create in me a clean heart O God:
and renew a right spirit within
Do not cast me away from your presence:
do not take your holy spirit
Give me the joy of your help again:
and strengthen me with a willing
Then will I teach transgressors your ways:
and sinners will turn to you
Rescue me from bloodshed O God my saviour:
and my tongue shall sing of
O Lord open my lips:
and my mouth shall proclaim
You desire no sacrifice, or I would give it:
but you take no delight in burnt
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit:
a broken and contrite heart
O God you will not despise.
Let it be your pleasure to do good to Jerusalem:
to rebuild the walls of the
Then will you delight in the appointed sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and oblations
then will they offer young bulls
upon your altar.