Chapter 18

(18.1) And what might we say about the witness borne by David, about whom God said, "I have found a man after my heart, David son of Jesse; in eternal mercy I have anointed him"?

(18.2) And he said to God, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy, and according to the abundance of your compassion, wipe away my lawless deed."

(18.3) "Wash me much more of my lawlessness, and cleanse me of my sins. For I know my lawlessness and my sin is always before me.

(18.4) "Against You only have I sinned, and done evil before you, so that You might be justified in your sayings and prevail in Your judgment.

(18.5) "For behold, I was conceived in lawless deeds, and in sins was my mother pregnant with me.

(18.6) "For behold, You have loved truth. The unseen and hidden (parts) of wisdom have you revealed to me.

(18.7) "You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed. You will wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow.

(18.8) "You will make me hear joy and gladness. My humbled bones will rejoice.

(18.9) "Turn Your face away from my sins, and wipe away all my lawless deeds.

(18.10) "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew inside me an upright spirit.

(18.11) "Do not drive me away from your face, and do not take away your Holy Spirit from me.

(18.12) "Give back to me the rejoicing of Your salvation, and strengthen me by Your ruling Spirit

(18.13) "I will teach the lawless Your ways, and the impious will return to You

(18.14) "Rescue me from bloody deeds, O God, O God of my salvation

(18.15) "My tongue will rejoice in your righteousness, O Lord. You will open Your mouth, and my lips will proclaim Your praise.

(18.16) "For if You desired sacrifice, I would have given it; You will not delight in whole burnt offerings.

(18.17) "The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and humbled heart God will not disdain"