"Have mercy on me, O God, according to
Your great mercy;
And according to the abundance of
Your compassion, blot out my
Wash me thoroughly from my
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my lawlessness,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You only have I sinned
And done evil in Your sight;
That You may be justified in Your words,
And overcome when You are judged.
For behold, I was conceived in
And in sins my mother bore me.
Behold, You love truth;
You showed me the unknown and
secret things of Your wisdom.
You shall sprinkle me with hyssop,
and I will be cleansed;
You shall wash me, and I will be made
whiter than snow.
You shall make me hear joy and
My bones that were humbled shall
Turn Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my transgressions.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from
Restore to me the joy of Your
And uphold me with Your guiding
I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And the ungodly shall turn back to
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness,
O God, the God of my salvation;
And my tongue shall greatly rejoice in
O Lord, You shall open my lips,
And my mouth will declare Your
For if You desired sacrifice, I would
You will not be pleased with whole
A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit,
A broken and humbled heart God will
Do good, O Lord, in Your good
pleasure to Zion,
And let the walls of
Then You will be pleased with a
sacrifice of righteousness,
With offerings and whole burnt
Then shall they offer young bulls
on Your altar."
Psalm quoted from the Orthodox Study Bible, published and copyright 2008 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.