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Psalm chapter 51

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[For the choir director. A Davidic psalm, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba.] Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.
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Wash away my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin.
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For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me.
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Against You-- You alone-- I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight. So You are right when You pass sentence; You are blameless when You judge.
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Indeed, I was guilty [when I] was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.
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Surely You desire integrity in the inner self, and You teach me wisdom deep within.
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Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
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Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice.
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Turn Your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt.
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God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
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Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.
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Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You.
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Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.
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Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.
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You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering.
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The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.
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In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper; build the walls of Jerusalem.
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Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

Psalm chapter 52

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[For the choir director. A Davidic Maskil. When Doeg the Edomite went and reported to Saul, telling him, "David went to Ahimelech's house."] Why brag about evil, you hero! God's faithful love is constant.
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Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery.
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You love evil instead of good, lying instead of speaking truthfully. Selah
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You love any words that destroy, you treacherous tongue!
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This is why God will bring you down forever. He will take you, ripping you out of your tent; He will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
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The righteous will look on with awe and will ridicule him:
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"Here is the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, taking refuge in his destructive behavior."
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But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God's faithful love forever and ever.
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I will praise You forever for what You have done. In the presence of Your faithful people, I will put my hope in Your name, for it is good.

Psalm chapter 53

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[For the choir director: on Mahalath. A Davidic Maskil.] The fool says in his heart, "God does not exist." They are corrupt, and they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good.
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God looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise and who seeks God.
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Everyone has turned aside; they have all become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.
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Will evildoers never understand? They consume My people as they consume bread; they do not call on God.
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Then they will be filled with terror-- terror like no other-- because God will scatter the bones of those who besiege you. You will put them to shame, for God has rejected them.
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Oh, that Israel's deliverance would come from Zion! When God restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

Psalm chapter 54

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[For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic Maskil. When the Ziphites went and said to Saul, "Is David not hiding among us?"] God, save me by Your name, and vindicate me by Your might!
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God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth.
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For strangers rise up against me, and violent men seek my life. They have no regard for God. Selah
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God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.
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He will repay my adversaries for [their] evil. Because of Your faithfulness, annihilate them.
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I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You. I will praise Your name, LORD, because it is good.
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For He has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked down on my enemies.

Psalm chapter 55

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[For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic Maskil.] God, listen to my prayer and do not ignore my plea for help.
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Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint,
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because of the enemy's voice, because of the pressure of the wicked. For they bring down disaster on me and harass me in anger.
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My heart shudders within me; terrors of death sweep over me.
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Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me.
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I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.
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How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah
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I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm."
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Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city;
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day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;
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destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.
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Now, it is not an enemy who insults me-- otherwise I could bear it; it is not a foe who rises up against me-- otherwise I could hide from him.
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But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend!
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We used to have close fellowship; we walked with the crowd into the house of God.
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Let death take them by surprise; let them go down to Sheol alive, because evil is in their homes and within them.
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But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
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I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and He hears my voice.
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Though many are against me, He will redeem me from my battle unharmed.
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God, the One enthroned from long ago, will hear, and will humiliate them Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.
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He acts violently against those at peace with him; he violates his covenant.
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His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords.
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Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will support you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
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You, God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and treachery will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.