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Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
King James Bible
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
American Standard Version
Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth; Keep the door of my lips.
Young's Literal Translation
Set, O Jehovah, a watch for my mouth, Watch Thou over the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth - While there are so many spies on my actions and words, I have need to be doubly guarded, that my enemies may have no advantage against me. Some think the prayer is against impatience; but if he were now going to Gath, it is more natural to suppose that he was praying to be preserved from dishonoring the truth, and from making sinful concessions in a heathen land; and at a court where, from his circumstances, it was natural to suppose he might be tempted to apostasy by the heathen party. The following verse seems to support this opinion.
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Psalm 17:3-5 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have tried me, and shall find nothing...
Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
Psalm 71:8 Let my mouth be filled with your praise and with your honor all the day.
Micah 7:5 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
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James 1:26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
1 Samuel 21:2 David answered Ahimelek the priest, "The king sent me on a mission and said to me, 'No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.' As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.
Psalm 34:13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
Psalm 39:1 For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked."
Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Proverbs 21:23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Micah 7:5 Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips.