Psalm 51:15
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New International Version
Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

New Living Translation
Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

English Standard Version
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

New American Standard Bible
O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise.

King James Bible
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.

International Standard Version
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

NET Bible
O Lord, give me the words! Then my mouth will praise you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, open my lips for me, and my mouth will sing your glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will tell about your praise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

King James 2000 Bible
O Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

American King James Version
O Lord, open you my lips; and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

American Standard Version
O Lord, open thou my lips; And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise.

Darby Bible Translation
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare thy praise.

English Revised Version
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Webster's Bible Translation
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

World English Bible
Lord, open my lips. My mouth shall declare your praise.

Young's Literal Translation
O Lord, my lips thou dost open, And my mouth declareth Thy praise.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

51:7-15 Purge me with hyssop, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as the water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, Heb 12:24. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, Heb 10:2. He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. And the believer desires renewal to holiness as much as the joy of salvation. David now saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God would create in him a clean heart. When the sinner feels this change is necessary, and reads the promise of God to that purpose, he begins to ask it. He knew he had by his sin grieved the Holy Spirit, and provoked him to withdraw. This he dreads more than anything. He prays that Divine comforts may be restored to him. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This had made him weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? Ga 5:1. It is the Spirit of adoption spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation, he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin. We may therefore plead with him, Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin. And when the lips are opened, what should they speak but the praises of God for his forgiving mercy?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - O Lord (not Jehovah, but Adonai), open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. A sense of his guilt has long kept the psalmist's lips closed. Let his sins be forgiven, and his conscience relieved, then praise and thanksgiving will flow from his mouth freely and copiously.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O Lord, open thou my lips,.... The Targum adds, "in the late"; which were shut with a sense of sin, with shame of it, and sorrow for it; and though they were in some measure opened in prayer to God for the forgiveness of it, as appears by various petitions in this psalm, yet he still wanted a free spirit and boldness at the throne of grace, which the believer has when his heart is sprinkled from an evil conscience by the blood of Christ; and especially his lips were shut as to praise and thanksgiving; the guilt of sin had sealed up his lips, that he could not sing the praises of God as he had formerly done; and only a discovery of pardoning grace could open them, and for this he prays:

and my mouth shall show forth thy praise: the praise of his mercy, grace, goodness, truth, and faithfulness, in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; see Psalm 103:1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. open … lips—by removing my sense of guilt.

Psalm 51:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. 15O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. 16For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:15
You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.

Psalm 9:14
that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 119:171
May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.
Treasury of Scripture

O Lord, open you my lips; and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

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Genesis 44:16 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? …

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth …

Matthew 22:12 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding …

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

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Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said to him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes …

Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall …

Ezekiel 29:21 In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth…

Mark 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, Ephphatha, …

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Psalm 63:3-5 Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you…

Psalm 119:13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth.

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, …

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