Psalm 51:1
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New International Version
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with BathSheba. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.

English Standard Version
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.

International Standard Version
Have mercy, God, according to your gracious love, according to your unlimited compassion, erase my transgressions.

NET Bible
For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David's affair with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love! Because of your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Show mercy upon me, oh God, according to your kindness, and according to the multitude of your mercies, blot out my sins!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; a psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David's adultery with Bathsheba.] Have pity on me, O God, in keeping with your mercy. In keeping with your unlimited compassion, wipe out my rebellious acts.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Be gracious unto me, O God, according to Thy mercy; According to the multitude of Thy compassions blot out my transgressions.

New American Standard 1977
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness;
            According to the greatness of Thy compassion blot out my transgressions.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy mercy; according unto the multitude of thy compassion eradicate my rebellion.

King James 2000 Bible
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

American King James Version
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness: according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

American Standard Version
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, a psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bethsabee. Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.} Be gracious unto me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according to the abundance of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A psalm of David: when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness; according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

World English Bible
Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness. According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm of David, in the coming in unto him of Nathan the prophet, when he hath gone in unto Bath-Sheba. Favour me, O God, according to Thy kindness, According to the abundance of Thy mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
51:1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Whither should backsliding children return, but to the Lord their God, who alone can heal them? he drew up, by Divine teaching, an account of the workings of his heart toward God. Those that truly repent of their sins, will not be ashamed to own their repentance. Also, he instructs others what to do, and what to say. David had not only done much, but suffered much in the cause of God; yet he flees to God's infinite mercy, and depends upon that alone for pardon and peace. He begs the pardon of sin. The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles us to ourselves. The believer longs to have the whole debt of his sins blotted out, and every stain cleansed; he would be thoroughly washed from all his sins; but the hypocrite always has some secret reserve, and would have some favorite lust spared. David had such a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it, with sorrow and shame. His sin was committed against God, whose truth we deny by wilful sin; with him we deal deceitfully. And the truly penitent will ever trace back the streams of actual sin to the fountain of original depravity. He confesses his original corruption. This is that foolishness which is bound in the heart of a child, that proneness to evil, and that backwardness to good, which is the burden of the regenerate, and the ruin of the unregenerate. He is encouraged, in his repentance, to hope that God would graciously accept him. Thou desirest truth in the inward part; to this God looks, in a returning sinner. Where there is truth, God will give wisdom. Those who sincerely endeavour to do their duty shall be taught their duty; but they will expect good only from Divine grace overcoming their corrupt nature.
Study Bible
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. 2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.…
Cross References
Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped away,

Colossians 2:14
having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross!

2 Samuel 11:4
David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.

2 Samuel 12:1
Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, "There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.

1 Chronicles 21:13
David said to Gad, "I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are very great. But do not let me fall into the hand of man."

Psalm 4:1
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 19:12
Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

Psalm 25:7
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD.

Psalm 51:9
Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities.

Psalm 69:13
But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with Your saving truth.
Treasury of Scripture

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness: according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

A.M.

2 Samuel 12:1-13 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to …

after

2 Samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his …

O God

Psalm 25:6,7 Remember, O LORD, your tender mercies and your loving kindnesses; …

Psalm 109:21 But do you for me, O GOD the Lord, for your name's sake: because …

Psalm 119:124 Deal with your servant according to your mercy, and teach me your statutes.

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Numbers 14:18,19 The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity …

Daniel 9:9,18 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion on us; he will subdue …

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

multitude

Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into your house in the multitude of your …

Psalm 69:13,16 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD, in an acceptable time: …

Psalm 106:7,45 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered …

Isaiah 63:7,15 I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises …

Lamentations 3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according …

tender

Psalm 40:11 Withhold not you your tender mercies from me, O LORD: let your loving …

Psalm 77:9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? has he in anger shut up his tender …

Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

blot

Psalm 50:9 I will take no bullock out of your house, nor he goats out of your folds.

Nehemiah 4:5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out …

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as …

Jeremiah 18:23 Yet, LORD, you know all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive …

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, …

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