New International Version
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.
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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CommentaryClarke'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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'Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.'--PSALM cxli. 2. The place which this psalm occupies in the Psalter, very near its end, makes it probable that it is considerably later in date than the prior portions of the collection. But the Psalmist, who here penetrates to the inmost meaning of the symbolic sacrificial worship of the Old Testament, was not helped to his clear-sightedness by his date, but by his devotion. For throughout …
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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.
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
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."
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
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.
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