Miserere mei, Deus
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, in your great goodness;*
according to the multitude of your mercies wipe away my offences.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness*
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my faults,*
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight,*
so that you are justified in your sentence, and blameless in your judgment.
5 But behold, you desire truth in the inward parts*
and shall make me understand wisdom secretly.
6 You shall purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;*
you shall wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 You shall make me hear of joy and gladness,*
that the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
9 Turn your face from my sins,*
and blot out all my misdeeds.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,*
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,*
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of your help again,*
and sustain me with your willing Spirit.
13 Then shall I teach your ways unto the wicked,*
and sinners shall return unto you.
14 Deliver me from blood-guilt, O God, the God of my salvation,*
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,*
and my mouth shall show forth your praise.
16 For you desire no sacrifice, or else I would give it to you;*
but you delight not in burnt-offerings.
17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;*
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you shall not despise.
18 O be favorable and gracious unto Zion;*
may you build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you shall be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations;*
then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.
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