Psalm 51

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    After thy loving-kindness, Lord,
       have mercy upon me:
     For thy compassions great, blot out
       all mine iniquity.
2    Me cleanse from sin, and throughly wash
       from mine iniquity:
3    For my transgressions I confess;
       my sin I ever see.

4    'Gainst thee, thee only, have I sinn'd,
       in thy sight done this ill;
     That when thou speak'st thou may'st be just,
       and clear in judging still.
5    Behold, I in iniquity
       was form'd the womb within;
     My mother also me conceiv'd
       in guiltiness and sin.

6    Behold, thou in the inward parts
       with truth delighted art;
     And wisdom thou shalt make me know
       within the hidden part.
7    Do thou with hyssop sprinkle me,
       I shall be cleansed so;
     Yea, wash thou me, and then I shall
       be whiter than the snow.

8    Of gladness and of joyfulness
       make me to hear the voice;
     That so these very bones which thou
       hast broken may rejoice.
9    All mine iniquities blot out,
       thy face hide from my sin.
10   Create a clean heart, Lord, renew
       a right sp'rit me within.

11   Cast me not from thy sight, nor take
       thy Holy Sp'rit away.
12   Restore me thy salvation's joy;
       with thy free Sp'rit me stay.
13   Then will I teach thy ways unto
       those that transgressors be;
     And those that sinners are shall then
       be turned unto thee.

14   O God, of my salvation God,
       me from blood-guiltiness
     Set free; then shall my tongue aloud
       sing of thy righteousness.
15   My closed lips, O Lord, by thee
       let them be opened;
     Then shall thy praises by my mouth
       abroad be published.

16   For thou desir'st not sacrifice,
       else would I give it thee;
     Nor wilt thou with burnt-offering
       at all delighted be.
17   A broken spirit is to God
       a pleasing sacrifice:
     A broken and a contrite heart,
       Lord, thou wilt not despise.

18   Shew kindness, and do good, O Lord,
       to Sion, thine own hill:
     The walls of thy Jerusalem
       build up of thy good will.
19   Then righteous off `rings shall thee please,
       and off `rings burnt, which they
     With whole burnt-off `rings, and with calves,
       shall on thine altar lay.

Recordings of Psalm 51

PsalmTuneRatingSinging TypePublisher 
Psalm 51 v7-13
Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650
St. Kilda3/5
(63 votes)
Highland Harmony Singers
Dornoch Festival of Psalms 2002