3 Be merciful to me, O God, according to your great mercy. And, according to the plentitude of your compassion, wipe out my iniquity.
4 Wash me once again from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
5 For I know my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.
6 Against you only have I sinned, and I have done evil before your eyes. And so, you are justified in your words, and you will prevail when you give judgment.
7 For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sinfulness did my mother conceive me.
8 For behold, you have loved truth. The obscure and hidden things of your wisdom, you have manifested to me.
9 You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed. You will wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow.
10 In my hearing, you will grant gladness and rejoicing. And the bones that have been humbled will exult.
11 Turn your face away from my sins, and erase all my iniquities.
12 Create a clean heart in me, O God. And renew an upright spirit within my inmost being.
13 Do not cast me away from your face; and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
14 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and confirm me with an unsurpassed spirit.
15 I will teach the unjust your ways, and the impious will be converted to you.
16 Free me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will extol your justice.
17 O Lord, you will open my lips, and my mouth will announce your praise.
18 For if you had desired sacrifice, I would certainly have given it, but with holocausts, you will not be delighted.
19 A crushed spirit is a sacrifice to God. A contrite and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Go, descend. Your people, whom you led away from the land of Egypt, have sinned.
8 They have quickly withdrawn from the way which you revealed to them. And they have made for themselves a molten calf, and they have worshiped it. And immolating victims to it, they have said: 'These are your gods, O Israel, who led you away from the land of Egypt.' "
9 And again, the Lord said to Moses: "I discern that this people is stiff-necked.
10 Release me, so that my fury may be enraged against them, and I may destroy them, and then I will make of you a great nation."
11 Then Moses prayed to the Lord his God, saying: "Why, O Lord, is your fury enraged against your people, whom you led away from the land of Egypt, with great strength and with a mighty hand?
13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your very self, saying: 'I will multiply your offspring like the stars of heaven. And this entire land, about which I have spoken, I will give to your offspring. And you shall possess it forever.' "
14 And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which he had spoken against his people.
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