Psalm 51 John 21:15-19
Love Wins

Psalm 51

To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1      Have mercy on me, O God,
         according to your steadfast love;
     according to your abundant mercy
         blot out my transgressions.
2      Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
         and cleanse me from my sin.

3      For I know my transgressions,
         and my sin is ever before me.
4      Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
         and done what is evil in your sight,
        so that you are justified in your sentence
         and blameless when you pass judgment.
5      Indeed, I was born guilty,
         a sinner when my mother conceived me.

6      You desire truth in the inward being;
         therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7      Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
         wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8      Let me hear joy and gladness;
         let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9      Hide your face from my sins,
         and blot out all my iniquities.

10    Create in me a clean heart, O God,
         and put a new and 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 sustain in me a willing spirit.

13    Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
         and sinners will return to you.
14    Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
         O God of my salvation,
         and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

15    O Lord, open my lips,
         and my mouth will declare your praise.
16    For you have no delight in sacrifice;
         if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
17    The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
         a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18    Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
         rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
19    then you will delight in right sacrifices,
         in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
         then bulls will be offered on your altar.


John 21:15-19

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”


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