The Blessedness of Forgiveness

321 By David.—An Instruction. O the happiness of him whose transgression 'is' forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 O the happiness of a man, To whom Jehovah imputeth not iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I have kept silence, become old have my bones, Through my roaring all the day. 4 When by day and by night Thy hand is heavy upon me, My moisture hath been changed Into the droughts of summer. Selah. 5 My sin I cause Thee to know, And mine iniquity I have not covered. I have said, 'I confess concerning My transgressions to Jehovah,' And Thou—Thou hast taken away, The iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6 For this doth every saintly one pray to Thee, As the time to find. Surely at an overflowing of many waters, Unto him they come not.

7 Thou 'art' a hiding-place for me, From distress Thou dost keep me, 'With' songs of deliverance dost compass me. Selah. 8 I cause thee to act wisely, And direct thee in the way that thou goest, I cause mine eye to take counsel concerning thee. 9 Be ye not as a horse—as a mule, Without understanding, With bridle and bit, its ornaments, to curb, Not to come near unto thee. 10 Many 'are' the pains of the wicked; As to him who is trusting in Jehovah, Kindness doth compass him. 11 Be glad in Jehovah, and rejoice, ye righteous, And sing, all ye upright of heart!

A Prayer for Cleansing

511 Favour me, O God, according to Thy kindness, According to the abundance of Thy mercies, Blot out my transgressions. 2 Thoroughly wash me from mine iniquity, And from my sin cleanse me, 3 For my transgressions I do know, And my sin 'is' before me continually. 4 Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, And done the evil thing in Thine eyes, So that Thou art righteous in Thy words, Thou art pure in Thy judging. 5 Lo, in iniquity I have been brought forth, And in sin doth my mother conceive me. 6 Lo, truth Thou hast desired in the inward parts, And in the hidden part Wisdom Thou causest me to know.

7 Thou cleansest me with hyssop and I am clean, Washest me, and than snow I am whiter. 8 Thou causest me to hear joy and gladness, Thou makest joyful bones Thou hast bruised. 9 Hide Thy face from my sin. And all mine iniquities blot out. 10 A clean heart prepare for me, O God, And a right spirit renew within me. 11 Cast me not forth from Thy presence, And Thy Holy Spirit take not from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, And a willing spirit doth sustain me. 13 I teach transgressors Thy ways, And sinners unto Thee do return.

14 Deliver me from blood, O God, God of my salvation, My tongue singeth of Thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, my lips thou dost open, And my mouth declareth Thy praise. 16 For Thou desirest not sacrifice, or I give 'it', Burnt-offering Thou acceptest not. 17 The sacrifices of God 'are' a broken spirit, A heart broken and bruised, O God, Thou dost not despise. 18 Do good in Thy good pleasure with Zion, Thou dost build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then Thou desirest sacrifices of righteousness, Burnt-offering, and whole burnt-offering, Then they offer bullocks on thine altar!

A Prayer for God's Continued Mercy

861 A Prayer of David. Incline, O Jehovah, Thine ear, Answer me, for I 'am' poor and needy. 2 Keep my soul, for I 'am' pious, Save Thy servant—who is trusting to Thee, O Thou, my God. 3 Favour me, O Lord, for to Thee I call all the day. 4 Rejoice the soul of Thy servant, For unto Thee, O Lord, my soul I lift up. 5 For Thou, Lord, 'art' good and forgiving. And abundant in kindness to all calling Thee. 6 Hear, O Jehovah, my prayer, And attend to the voice of my supplications. 7 In a day of my distress I call Thee, For Thou dost answer me.

8 There is none like Thee among the gods, O Lord, And like Thy works there are none. 9 All nations that Thou hast made Come and bow themselves before Thee, O Lord, And give honour to Thy name. 10 For great 'art' Thou, and doing wonders, Thou 'art' God Thyself alone. 11 Show me, O Jehovah, Thy way, I walk in Thy truth, My heart doth rejoice to fear Thy name. 12 I confess Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I honour Thy name to the age. 13 For Thy kindness 'is' great toward me, And Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol. 14 O God, the proud have risen up against me, And a company of the terrible sought my soul, And have not placed Thee before them, 15 And Thou, O Lord, 'art' God, merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth. 16 Look unto me, and favour me, Give Thy strength to Thy servant, And give salvation to a son of Thine handmaid. 17 Do with me a sign for good, And those hating me see and are ashamed, For Thou, O Jehovah, hast helped me, Yea, Thou hast comforted me!

A Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

1221 A Song of the Ascents, by David. I have rejoiced in those saying to me, 'To the house of Jehovah we go.' 2 Our feet have been standing in thy gates, O Jerusalem! 3 Jerusalem—the builded one—'Is' as a city that is joined to itself together. 4 For thither have tribes gone up, Tribes of Jah, companies of Israel, To give thanks to the name of Jehovah. 5 For there have sat thrones of judgment, Thrones of the house of David.

6 Ask ye the peace of Jerusalem, At rest are those loving thee. 7 Peace is in thy bulwark, rest in thy high places, 8 For the sake of my brethren and my companions, Let me speak, I pray thee, 'Peace 'be' in thee.' 9 For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God, I seek good for thee!