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17 The sacrifice God desires is a humble spirit[a]
O God, a humble and repentant heart[b] you will not reject.[c]
18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her.[d]
Fortify[e] the walls of Jerusalem.

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  1. Psalm 51:17 tn Heb “a broken spirit.”
  2. Psalm 51:17 tn Heb “a broken and crushed heart.”
  3. Psalm 51:17 tn Or “despise.”
  4. Psalm 51:18 tn Heb “do what is good for Zion in your favor.”
  5. Psalm 51:18 tn Or “Build.” The imperfect verbal form is used here to express the psalmist’s wish or request.

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