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The Seven Penitential Psalms in English

Psalms of Penitence & Sorrow, from the RSV-CE; especially suitable for Lent

See also The Seven Penitential Psalms (in Latin)

*When used liturgically or in prayer the Psalm should end with the Gloria Patri:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

Psalm 6 Domine, Ne In Furore

O Lord, rebuke me not in thy anger,
nor chasten me in thy wrath.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.

My soul also is sorely troubled.
But thou, O Lord -- how long?

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of thy steadfast love.

For in death there is no remembrance of thee;
in Sheol who can give thee praise?

I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.

My eye wastes away because of grief,
it grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil;
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

The Lord has heard my supplication;
the Lord accepts my prayer.

All my enemies shall be ashamed and sorely troubled;
they shall turn back, and be put to shame in a moment. Glory...

Psalm 32 Beati Quorum

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away
through my groaning all day long.

For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

I acknowledged my sin to thee,
and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord";
then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let every one who is godly
offer prayer to thee;
at a time of distress, in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.

Thou art a hiding place for me,
thou preservest me from trouble;
thou dost encompass me with deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you
the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
else it will not keep with you.

Many are the pangs of the wicked;
but steadfast love surrounds him who trusts in the Lord.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Glory...

Psalm 38 Domine, Ne In Furore

O Lord, rebuke me not in thy anger,
nor chasten me in thy wrath!

For thy arrows have sunk into me,
and thy hand has come down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh
because of thy indignation;
there is no health in my bones
because of my sin.

For my iniquities have gone over my head;
they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.

My wounds grow foul and fester
because of my foolishness,

I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
all the day I go about mourning.

For my loins are filled with burning,
and there is no soundness in my flesh.

I am utterly spent and crushed;
I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

Lord, all my longing is known to thee,
my sighing is not hidden from thee.

My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
and the light of my eyes -- it also has gone from me.

My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Those who seek my life lay their snares,
those who seek my hurt speak of ruin,
and meditate treachery all the day long.

But I am like a deaf man, I do not hear,
like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.

Yea, I am like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth are no rebukes.

But for thee, O Lord, do I wait;
it is thou, O Lord my God, who wilt answer.

For I pray, "Only let them not rejoice over me,
who boast against me when my foot slips!"

For I am ready to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.

I confess my iniquity,
I am sorry for my sin.

Those who are my foes without cause are mighty,
and many are those who hate me wrongfully.

Those who render me evil for good
are my adversaries because I follow after good.

Do not forsake me, O Lord!
O my God, be not far from me!

Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation! Glory...

Psalm 51 Miserere Mei, Deus

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to thy steadfast love;
according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
and done that which is evil in thy sight,
so that thou art justified in thy sentence
and blameless in thy judgment.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Fill me with joy and gladness;
let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
and sinners will return to thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
thou God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.

O Lord, open thou my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;
were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,

Then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on thy altar. Glory...

Psalm 102 Domine Exaudi

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to thee!

Do not hide thy face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline thy ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!

For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.

My heart is smitten like grass, and withered;
I forget to eat my bread.

Because of my loud groaning
my bones cleave to my flesh.

I am like a vulture of the wilderness,
like an owl of the waste places;

I lie awake,
I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.

All the day my enemies taunt me,
those who deride me use my name for a curse.

For I eat ashes like bread,
and mingle tears with my drink,
because of thy indignation and anger;
for thou hast taken me up and thrown me away.

My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.

But thou, O Lord, art enthroned for ever;
thy name endures to all generations.

Thou wilt arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her;
the appointed time has come.

For thy servants hold her stones dear,
and have pity on her dust.

The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

For the Lord will build up Zion,
he will appear in his glory;
he will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and will not despise their supplication.

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord:

That he looked down from his holy height,
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die;

That men may declare in Zion the name of the Lord,
and in Jerusalem his praise, when peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

He has broken my strength in mid-course;
he has shortened my days.

"O my God," I say, "take me not hence in the midst of my days,
thou whose years endure
throughout all generations!"

Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

They will perish, but thou dost endure;
they will all wear out like a garment.
Thou changest them like raiment, and they pass away;
but thou art the same,
and thy years have no end.

The children of thy servants shall dwell secure;
their posterity shall be established before thee. Glory...

Psalm 130 De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord!

Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!

If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption.

And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities. Glory...

Psalm 143 Domine Exaudi

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my supplications!
In thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness!

Enter not into judgment with thy servant;
for no man living is righteous before thee.

For the enemy has pursued me;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.

Therefore my spirit faints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old,
I meditate on all that thou hast done;
I muse on what thy hands have wrought.

I stretch out my hands to thee;
my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land.

Make haste to answer me, O Lord!
My spirit fails!
Hide not thy face from me,
lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.

Let me hear in the morning of thy steadfast love,
for in thee I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to thee I lift up my soul.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies!
I have fled to thee for refuge!

Teach me to do thy will,
for thou art my God!
Let thy good spirit lead me
on a level path!

For thy name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In thy righteousness bring me out of trouble!

And in thy steadfast love cut off my enemies,
and destroy all my adversaries,
for I am thy servant. Glory...

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