The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Book Of Psalms

Psalm 51

For inclusion in the Office of Christmas Day By St. Cosmas.

This translation is from the Thompson Translation of the Septuagint Version of the Holy Bible,
Which is in the Public Domain.

Charles Thompson, The Old Covenant Commonly Called The Old Testament; Translated from The Septuagint. Vol. II. A New Edition by S. F. Pells. (London: Skeffington & Son, 1904).


For the conclusion.
A Psalm by David, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bersabe.

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy great compassion : and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out this my crime, 2 wash me thoroughly from this iniquity of mine ; and purify me from this my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgression; and my sin is continually before me.

4 Against thee especially I have sinned; and in thy sight done this evil. So that thou must be justified in thine acts, and must overcome, when thou art judged. 5 For behold I was born in iniquity ; in sins my mother conceived me : 6 for behold thou lovedst truth ; to me thou hadst manifested the obscure and hidden things of thy wisdom. 7 Sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be purified ; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Cause me to hear joy and gladness ; let the bones, which have been humbled, rejoice. 9 Turn away thy face from my sins; and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me, God, a pure heart; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation ; and support me with a becoming spirit, 13 that I may teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners may turn to thee. 14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation ! That my tongue may with joy proclaim thy forgiving mercy. 15 Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may proclaim thy praise. 16 Hadst thou desired sacrifice, I would have given it. In whole burnt offerings thou wilt not take delight. 17 The sacrifice for God is a contrite spirit. A broken and an humble heart, thou, O God, wilt not despise.

18 Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good pleasure, with Sion. 19 And let the walls of Jerusalem be builded. Then wilt thou be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness as an offering, and on thine altar young bulls shall then be offered up as whole burnt offerings.

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