Psalm 51:15
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English Standard Version
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The possession of all possessions, however, most needed by him, the foundation of all other possessions, is the assurance of the forgiveness of his sins. The second futures in Psalm 51:9 are consequents of the first, which are used as optatives. Psalm 51:9 recalls to mind the sprinkling of the leper, and of one unclean by reason of his contact with a dead body, by means of the bunch of hyssop (Leviticus 14, Numbers 19), the βοτάνη καθαρτική (Bhr, Symbol. ii. 503); and Psalm 51:9 recalls the washings which, according to priestly directions, the unclean person in all cases of uncleanness had to undergo. Purification and washing which the Law enjoins, are regarded in connection with the idea implied in them, and with a setting aside of their symbolic and carnal outward side, inasmuch as the performance of both acts, which in other cases takes place through priestly mediation, is here supplicated directly from God Himself. Manifestly בּאזוב (not כבאזוב) is intended to be understood in a spiritual sense. It is a spiritual medium of purification without the medium itself being stated. The New Testament believer confesses, with Petrarch in the second of his seven penitential Psalms: omnes sordes meas una gutta, vel tenuis, sacri sanguinis absterget. But there is here no mention made of atonement by blood; for the antitype of the atoning blood was still hidden from David. The operation of justifying grace on a man stained by the blood-red guilt of sin could not, however, be more forcibly denoted than by the expression that it makes him whiter than snow (cf. the dependent passage Isaiah 1:18). And history scarcely records a grander instance of the change of blood-red sin into dazzling whiteness than this, that out of the subsequent marriage of David and Bathsheba sprang Solomon, the most richly blessed of all kings. At the present time David's very bones are still shaken, and as it were crushed, with the sense of sin. דּכּית is an attributive clause like יפעל in Psalm 7:16. Into what rejoicing will this smitten condition be changed, when he only realizes within his soul the comforting and joyous assuring utterance of the God who is once more gracious to him! For this he yearns, viz., that God would hide His face from the sin which He is now visiting upon him, so that it may as it were be no longer present to Him; that He would blot out all his iniquities, so that they may no longer testify against him. Here the first part of the Psalm closes; the close recurs to the language of the opening (Psalm 51:3).

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O Lord

Genesis 44:16 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves?...

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more because of your shame...

Matthew 22:12 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

open

Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said to him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; He that hears, let him hear...

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, that is, Be opened.

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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, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Cross References
Exodus 4:15
You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do.

Psalm 9:14
that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 119:171
My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.

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