Psalm 34:13
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New International Version
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

New Living Translation
Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!

English Standard Version
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

New American Standard Bible
Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.

King James Bible
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.

International Standard Version
Then keep your tongue from doing evil and your lips from spreading lies.

NET Bible
Then make sure you don't speak evil words or use deceptive speech!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips will not speak deceit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Keep your tongue from saying evil things and your lips from speaking deceitful things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Mem Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

King James 2000 Bible
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.

American King James Version
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.

American Standard Version
Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking guile.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Darby Bible Translation
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile;

English Revised Version
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Webster's Bible Translation
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

World English Bible
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking lies.

Young's Literal Translation
Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking deceit.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:11-22 Let young persons set out in life with learning the fear of the Lord, if they desire true comfort here, and eternal happiness hereafter. Those will be most happy who begin the soonest to serve so good a Master. All aim to be happy. Surely this must look further than the present world; for man's life on earth consists but of few days, and those full of trouble. What man is he that would see the good of that where all bliss is perfect? Alas! few have this good in their thoughts. That religion promises best which creates watchfulness over the heart and over the tongue. It is not enough not to do hurt, we must study to be useful, and to live to some purpose; we must seek peace and pursue it; be willing to deny ourselves a great deal for peace' sake. It is the constant practice of real believers, when in distress, to cry unto God, and it is their constant comfort that he hears them. The righteous are humbled for sin, and are low in their own eyes. Nothing is more needful to true godliness than a contrite heart, broken off from every self-confidence. In this soil every grace will flourish, and nothing can encourage such a one but the free, rich grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The righteous are taken under the special protection of the Lord, yet they have their share of crosses in this world, and there are those that hate them. Both from the mercy of Heaven, and the malice of hell, the afflictions of the righteous must be many. But whatever troubles befal them, shall not hurt their souls, for God keeps them from sinning in troubles. No man is desolate, but he whom God has forsaken.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. If the end be happiness, the means will be right moral conduct; and, first of all, right government of the tongue. Sins of the tongue are numerous, and abundantly noted in the Psalms (Psalm 5:9; Psalm 10:7; Psalm 12:3; Psalm 15:3; Psalm 50:19; Psalm 57:4; Psalm 73:8, 9, etc.). They are more difficult to avoid than any others; they cling closer to us; they are scarcely ever wholly laid aside. "If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body" (James 3:2). The meek Moses "spake unadvisedly with his lips" (Psalm 106:33). Job "darkened counsel by words without knowledge "(Job 38:2). St. Peter's words on one occasion drew upon him the rebuke, "Get thee behind me, Satan" (Matthew 16:23).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Keep thy tongue from evil,.... This, and what follows in this verse and Psalm 34:14, point at the things wherein the fear of God shows itself; and suggest, that those who have it, and which is known by these fruits, shall enjoy the desirable and good days before mentioned. The tongue is an instrument of much evil, an unruly member, and needs restraint; and it is from evil, and not from good, it is to be kept; from evil speaking of God, from cursing and swearing; from evil speaking of men, reproaching and reviling them; from filthy speaking, from all obscene and unchaste words, and from all lying ones; for where such evil speaking is indulged, the fear of God cannot be in that man;

and thy lips from speaking guile; hypocritical and deceitful words, speaking with flattering lips and a double heart: some speak bad words in common conversation, through an evil habit and custom; and some speak good words with an ill design; and in neither of them is the fear of God before their eyes, nor in their hearts.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13, 14. Sins of thought included in those of speech (Lu 6:45), avoiding evil and doing good in our relations to men are based on a right relation to God.

Psalm 34:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taste and See the Lord is Good
12Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days that he may see good? 13Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. 14Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.…
Cross References
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 Peter 2:22
"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."

1 Peter 3:10
For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

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."

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Proverbs 13:3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Treasury of Scripture

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.

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Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: …

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love …

Matthew 12:35-37 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

James 1:19,26 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

James 3:2,5-10 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

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Psalm 55:11 Wickedness is in the middle thereof: deceit and guile depart not …

Proverbs 12:7,19,22 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous …

Proverbs 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish.

Isaiah 63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: …

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man …

1 Peter 2:1,22 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

Revelation 14:4,5 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

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