Psalm 50

For the end; a  psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, at the time when David went into Bersabee, the wife of Urias.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy, and according to the multitude of your compassions, blot out my offense.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I am aware of my iniquity, and my sin is continually before me.

Against you only have I sinned and done evil before you, that you might be justified in your words, and emerge victorious when you are judged.

For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me. For behold, you have loved the truth; you revealed to me the hidden and secret parts of your wisdom.

You shall sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be cleansed; you shall wash me and I will be whiter than snow.

You shall make me hear joy and gladness; the afflicted bones shall rejoice.

Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

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 away your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and strengthen me with a guiding spirit.

I will teach transgressors your ways, and the ungodly shall return to you.

Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; and my tongue will joyfully sing your justice.

O Lord, you shall open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For if you desired sacrifice, I would have offered it; you will not be pleased with whole-burnt offerings.

A sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; a contrite and humbled heart God will not despise.

Do good, Lord, in your good pleasure to Zion, that the walls of Jerusalem may be built.

Then you will be pleased with a sacrifice of justice, offering and whole-burnt sacrifices.

Then shall they offer calves upon your altar.

Psalm 50 is used daily in the services of Orthros, the Third Hour, and Compline, and it is also recited in every Divine Liturgy by the priest as he censes the Great Entrance.

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