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.
2 Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17
1 Now it happened that, at the turn of the year, in the time when kings usually go forth to war, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all of Israel, and they laid waste to the sons of Ammon, and they besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2 While these things were taking place, David happened to arise from his bed after midday, and he walked upon the terrace of the king's house. And he saw, across from his terrace, a woman washing herself. And the woman was very beautiful.
3 Therefore, the king sent and inquired who the woman might be. And it was reported to him that she was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah, the Hittite.
4 And so, David sent messengers, and he took her. And when she had entered to him, he slept with her.
5 And she returned to her house, having conceived an unborn child. And sending, she informed David, and she said, "I have conceived."
6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah, the Hittite." And Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 And Uriah went to David. And David inquired whether Joab was doing well, and about the people, and how the war was being conducted.
8 And David said to Uriah, "Go into your house, and wash your feet." And Uriah departed from the house of the king. And a meal from the king followed after him.
9 But Uriah slept before the gate of the king's house, with the other servants of his lord, and he did not go down to his own house.
10 And it was reported to David by some, saying, "Uriah did not go into his house.
13 And David called him, so that he might eat and drink before him, and he made him inebriated. And departing in the evening, he slept on his bedding, with the servants of his lord, and he did not go down to his own house.
14 Therefore, when morning arrived, David wrote a letter to Joab. And he sent it by the hand of Uriah,
15 writing in the letter: "Place Uriah opposite the warfare, where the battle is the strongest, and then abandon him, so that, having been wounded, he may die."
16 And so, when Joab was besieging the city, he positioned Uriah in the place where he knew the strongest men to be.
17 And the men, departing from the city, made war against Joab. And some of the people among the servants of David fell, and Uriah the Hittite also died.
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