A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon.
1Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
2Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and guilt
And cleanse me from my sin.
3For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them;
My sin is always before me.
4Against You, You only, have I sinned
And done that which is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak [Your sentence]
And faultless in Your judgment.
5I was brought forth in [a state of] wickedness;
In sin my mother conceived me [and from my beginning I, too, was sinful].
6Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom.
7Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8Make me hear joy and gladness and be satisfied;
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
9Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.
11Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
13Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted and return to You.
14Rescue me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will sing joyfully of Your righteousness and Your justice.
15O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
16For You do not delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17My [only] sacrifice [acceptable] to God is a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart [broken with sorrow for sin, thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
18By Your favor do good to Zion;
May You rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then will You delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.