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Psalm 51

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David,
when Nathan the prophet came unto him,
after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

King James Version
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.1


References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2.  Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary - Vol. 3 pg. 755
 

 

 

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Bible Author

Psalm 51 was composed by David after his great sin (with Bathsheba), in the anguish of remorse and self abhorrence.2
 

 

 

Title

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
 

 

Background to Psalm 51

Psalm 51 is an expression of David's "repentance, when the message of reproof came to him from God," intended "to be sung in the public assemblies of his people, ... that others might be instructed by the sad history of his fall". It is a prayer for forgiveness and for sanctification through the Holy Spirit. Accompanying the petition are vows of gratitude for God's mercy and promises for the future. Perhaps no other OT passage draws so clear a picture of the truly repentant sinner trusting in God's power to forgive and restore, as this portrait of David's experience of transgression. The psalm should be studied in the light of 2 Sam. 12:1-13 and Ps. 32.2
 

 

A Favorite Psalm

Psalm 51 was a favourite of John Bunyan. Just before her execution (1554), Lady Jane Grey recited the words of this psalm in English, on her knees on the scaffold.2
 

 

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