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Miserere

17 February 2010
  1. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
    in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
  2. Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
    and cleanse me from my sin.
  3. For I know my transgressions, *
    and my sin is ever before me.
  4. Against you only have I sinned *
    and done what is evil in your sight.
  5. And so you are justified when you speak *
    and upright in your judgment
  6. Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
    a sinner from my mother’s womb.
  7. For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
    and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
  8. Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
    wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
  9. Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
    that the body you have broken may rejoice.
  10. Hide your face from my sins *
    and blot out all my iniquities.
  11. Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
    and renew a right spirit within me.
  12. Cast me not away from your presence *
    and take not your holy Spirit from me.
  13. Give me the joy of your saving help again *
    and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
  14. I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *
    and sinners shall return to you.
  15. Deliver me from death, O God, *
    and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
    O God of my salvation.
  16. Open my lips, O Lord, *
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
  17. Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice; *
    but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.
  18. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
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