Wisdom’s Corner No. 37: A Prayer for Forgiveness


Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love.  Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!  Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!

I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins.  I have sinned against you–and done what you consider evil.  So you are right in judging me, you are justified in condemning me.  I have been evil from the day I was born; from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.

Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom.  Remove my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whither than snow.  Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness; and though you have crushed me and broken me, I will be happy once again.  Close your eyes to my sins and wipe out all my evil.

Create a pure heart in me; O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me.  Do not banish me from your presence; do not take your holy spirit away from me.  Give me again the joy that come from your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.  Then I will teach sinners your commands, and they will turn back to you.

Spare my life,  O God, and save me, and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.  Help me to speak, Lord and I will praise you.

You do not want sacrifices, or I would offer them; you are not pleased with burnt offerings.  My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God, you will not reject a humble and repentant heart…..”

Psalm 51


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