Psalm 32 King James Version

The Blessedness of Forgiveness

32 1  Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2  Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3  When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5  I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6  For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

7  Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. 8  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide [1] thee with mine eye. 9  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. 10  Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. 11  Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalm 51 King James Version

A Prayer for Cleansing

51 1  Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive [2] me. 6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right [3] spirit within me. 11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, [4] O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Psalm 86 King James Version

A Prayer for God's Continued Mercy

86 1  Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy. 2  Preserve my soul; for I am holy: [5] O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. 3  Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. [6] 4  Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5  For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. 6  Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. 7  In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

8  Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. 9  All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. 10  For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. 11  Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. 12  I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13  For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. [7] 14  O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent [8] men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. 15  But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 16  O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. 17  Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

Psalm 122 King James Version

A Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

122 1  I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. 2  Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 3  Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: 4  Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. 5  For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7  Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8  For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9  Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.

Footnotes

[1] 32:8 guide...: Heb. counsel thee, mine eye shall be upon thee

[2] 51:5 conceive...: Heb. warm me

[3] 51:10 right: or, constant

[4] 51:14 bloodguiltiness: Heb. bloods

[5] 86:2 holy: or, one whom thou favourest

[6] 86:3 daily: or, all the day

[7] 86:13 hell: or, grave

[8] 86:14 violent: Heb. terrible

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