Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love.
Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!
Wash away all my evil
and make me clean from my sin!
I recognize my faults;
I am always conscious of my sins.
I have sinned - only against you
and done what you consider evil.
So you are right in judging me;
you are justified in condemning me.
I have been evil from the day I was born;
from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
Sincerity and truth are what you require;
fill my mind with your wisdom.
Help my to speak, Lord,
and I will praise you.
You do not want sacrifices,
or I would offer them;
you are not pleased with burnt-offerings.
My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God;
you will not reject
a humble and repentant heart.
O God, be kind to Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifices
and with our burnt-offerings;
and bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.