Psalms 51–53

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the Prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,

according to Your lovingkindness;

according to the abundance of Your compassion,

blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,

and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,

and done this evil in Your sight,

so that You are justified when You speak,

and You are blameless when You judge.

5 I was brought forth in iniquity,

and in sin my mother conceived me.

6 You desire truth in the inward parts,

and in the hidden part You make me to know wisdom.

7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness,

that the bones that You have broken may rejoice.

9 Hide Your face from my sins,

and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,

and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

and uphold me with Your willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,

and sinners will return to You.

14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God,

God of my salvation,

and my tongue will sing aloud of Your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare Your praise.

16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or I would give it;

You do not delight in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

a broken and a contrite heart,

O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in Your good pleasure;

build the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then You will be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,

with burnt offering and whole burnt offering;

then they will offer young bulls on Your altar.

Psalm 52

For the Music Director. A Contemplative Maskil. A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelek.”

1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?

The goodness of God endures continually.

2 Your tongue devises calamities,

like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

3 You love evil more than good,

and lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah

4 You love all devouring words,

O you deceitful tongue.

5 God will likewise break you down forever;

He will snatch you away and pluck you from your home,

and uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

6 The righteous also will see and fear,

and will laugh in contempt,

7 “See, this is the man

who did not make God his refuge,

but trusted in the abundance of riches,

and grew strong in his own wickedness.”

8 But I am like a green olive tree

in the house of God;

I trust in the mercy of God

forever and ever.

9 I will give thanks to You forever, because You have acted;

and I will wait on Your name,

for it is good before Your saints.

Psalm 53

For the Music Director. According to Mahalath. A Contemplative Maskil of David.

1 The fool has said in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, and have done abhorrent injustice;

there is none who does good.

2 God looked down from heaven

on the children of men,

to see if there were any who have insight,

who seek God.

3 Every one of them has turned aside;

they are altogether corrupt;

there is no one who does good,

not even one.

4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,

who eat up my people as they eat bread,

and do not call on God?

5 There they were in fear,

where there was nothing to fear,

for God has scattered the bones of him who camps against you;

you have put them to shame, because God has rejected them.

6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!

When God brings back the captivity of His people,

Jacob will rejoice and Israel will be glad.

Romans 2

1 Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judges, for when you judge another, you condemn yourself, for you who judge do the same things. 2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who commit such things. 3 Do you think, O man, who judges those who do such things, and who does the same thing, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Do you despise the riches of His goodness, tolerance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

5 But because of your hardness and impenitent heart, you are storing up treasures of wrath against yourself on the day of wrath when the righteous judgment of God will be revealed, 6 and He “will render to every man according to his deeds.” 7 To those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality will be eternal life. 8 But to those who are contentious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation, and wrath, 9 will be tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man who does evil, to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile. 10 But glory, honor, and peace will be to every man who does good work—to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile, 11 for there is no partiality with God.

12 As many as have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and as many as have sinned under the law will be judged by the law, 13 for the hearers of the law are not justified before God, but the doers of the law will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, not having the law, are a law unto themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, while their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them, 16 in the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ.

17 Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast in God. 18 You know His will and approve the things that are more excellent, because you are instructed in the law. 19 You are confident that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, and a teacher of babes, who have the full content of knowledge and truth in the law: 21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach not to steal, do you steal? 22 You who say not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 As it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

25 Circumcision indeed has merit, if you keep the law, but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteousness of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 Will the uncircumcised one who is righteous by nature, if he fulfills the law, not judge you who, by the letter of the law and circumcision, violate the law?

28 He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is external in the flesh. 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly. And circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit, and not by the letter. His praise is not from men, but from God.