38. Psalm 51- The Penitents’ Psalm

Have Mercy on me YHWH, according to Your Steadfast Love, yea according to Your Abundant Mercy please Blot Out my transgressions. Wash me Thoroughly from my iniquity and Cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions and sins are ever before me. Against Your Purpose for me did I err and do that which is evil in Your Sight, so You Would Always Be Justified In Your Sentence and Blameless In Your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth into iniquity, yea into a world of sin did all mothers conceive. Behold, You Desire Truth in the inward being, therefore Teach me Wisdom In my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean, Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Fill me with Joy and Gladness, Let the bones which You Have Bruised rejoice. Hide Your Face from my sins and Blot Out all my iniquities. Create in me a Clean Heart, O God and Put a New and Right Spirit Within me. Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore To me the Joy Of Your Salvation and Uphold me with a Willing Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your Ways and sinners will return to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness YHWH, God Of my Salvation and my soul will sing of Your Deliverance. O Lord, Open my lips and my mouth shall show forth Your Praise. For You Have no delight in murder of innocents, hence were I to give a burnt offering, You would not be pleased! The sacrifice Acceptable To You is a broken spirit, yea a humble and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Do Good To Zion in Your Good Pleasure, Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, then You Will Delight in our Righteous Sacrifices, of selflessness not burnt offerings but perfect offerings, thereby exalting Thine Alter without terror to young bullocks from then on.