Forgive me, oh Lord,
for I have led a sinful life.
I have wandered from the Lord
Don't test me, oh Lord, or try me
for I would fail
If you examine my heart and mind
you will find a shameful wretch.
I sit among the deceitful
and I am a hypocrite
I love the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the righteous
I was my hands in blood
and go about your world, oh Lord,
proclaiming myself a god
and bragging of my sinful deeds.
Lord, I love my house and my stuff
and your glory is far from my heart.
My soul would be taken with the sinners,
my life with bloodthirsty men,
in whose hands are wicked schemes
whose right hands are full of bribes.
But you have led a blameless life and died a sinners death
to deliver me and be merciful to me.
My feet stand on level ground
in the great assembly I will praise the LORD.
*the original Psalm 26*