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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 51

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The Miserere: Prayer of Repentance

1For the leader. A psalm of David, 2when Nathan the prophet came to him after his affair with Bathsheba. d 2 Sm 51, 12 .

I

3Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. 4Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me. 5For I know my offense; my sin is always before me. e Pss 32, 5; 38, 19; Is 59, 12 . 6Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn. f Rom 3, 4 . 7True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me. g Jb 14, 4 . * 8Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom. 9Cleanse me with hyssop,* that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow. h Jb 9, 30; Is 1, 18; Ez 36, 25 . 10Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

II

11Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt. 12A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. i Ez 11, 19 . 13Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit. j WIs 1, 5; 9, 17; Is 63, 11; Hg 2, 5; Rom 8, 9 . 14Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit. 15I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you. 16Rescue me from death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power. k Ps 30, 10 . 17Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise. 18For you do not desire sacrifice;* a burnt offering you would not accept. l Pss 40, 7; 50, 8; Am 5, 21–22; Hos 6, 6; Is 1, 11–15; Heb 10, 5–7 . 19My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.

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20Make Zion prosper in your good pleasure;* rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. m Jer 31, 4; Ez 36, 33 . 21Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifice, burnt offerings and holocausts; then bullocks will be offered on your altar.

Notes:

d: 2 Sm 51, 12 .

e: Pss 32, 5; 38, 19; Is 59, 12 .

f: Rom 3, 4 .

g: Jb 14, 4 .

h: Jb 9, 30; Is 1, 18; Ez 36, 25 .

i: Ez 11, 19 .

j: WIs 1, 5; 9, 17; Is 63, 11; Hg 2, 5; Rom 8, 9 .

k: Ps 30, 10 .

l: Pss 40, 7; 50, 8; Am 5, 21–22; Hos 6, 6; Is 1, 11–15; Heb 10, 5–7 .

m: Jer 31, 4; Ez 36, 33 .

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