New American Standard Bible
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
World English Bible
Set a watch, Yahweh, 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth - That I may not say anything rashly, unadvisedly, improperly. Compare Psalm 39:1. The prayer here is, that God would guard him from the temptation to say something wrong. To this he seems to have been prompted by the circumstances of the case, and by the advice of those who were with him. See introduction to the psalm. Compare the notes at Psalm 11:1.
Keep the door of my lips - That my lips or mouth may not open except when it is proper and right; when something good and true is to be said. Nothing can be more proper than "this" prayer; nothing more desirable than that God should keep us from saying what we ought not to say.
LibraryAnd Lest it Should Seem that Necessary Continence was to be Hoped for From...
2. And lest it should seem that necessary Continence was to be hoped for from the Lord only in respect of the lust of the lower parts of the flesh, it is also sung in the Psalm; "Set, O Lord, a watch to my mouth, and a door of Continence around my lips."  But in this witness of the divine speech, if we understand "mouth" as we ought to understand it, we perceive how great a gift of God Continence there set is. Forsooth it is little to contain the mouth of the body, lest any thing burst forth …
St. Augustine—On Continence
How Some of the Heavenly Lovers Died Also of Love.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
1 Samuel 21:2
David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, 'Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you; and I have directed the young men to a certain place.'
Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.
For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, "I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence."
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips.
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