Saturday, July 16, 2022

Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness

Psalm 51 as used here is from the Coverdale Bible (1535). The Psalter continues to be used by many Anglicans and can be found in the Book of Common Prayer.

Psalm 51
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness
     according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.
2 Wash me throughly from my wickedness
     and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my faults
     and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight
     that Thou mightest be justified in Thy saying, and clear when Thou art judged.
5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness
     and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
6 But lo, Thou requirest truth in the inward parts
     and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
7 Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean
     Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness
     that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Turn Thy face from my sins
     and put out all my misdeeds.
10 Make me a clean heart, O God
      and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from Thy presence
      and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of Thy help again
      and stablish me with Thy free Spirit.
13 Then shall I teach Thy ways unto the wicked
      and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.
14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou that art the God of my   health
      and my tongue shall sing of Thy righteousness.
15 Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord
      and my mouth shall shew Thy praise.
16 For Thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it Thee
      but Thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit
      a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt Thou not despise.
18 O be favourable and gracious unto Sion
      build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations
      then shall they offer young bullocks upon Thine altar.

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