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

New Living Translation
Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.

English Standard Version
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Berean Study Bible
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
LORD, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.

Contemporary English Version
Help me to guard my words whenever I say something.

Good News Translation
LORD, place a guard at my mouth, a sentry at the door of my lips.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.

International Standard Version
LORD, set a guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door to my lips.

NET Bible
O LORD, place a guard on my mouth! Protect the opening of my lips!

New Heart English Bible
Set a watch, LORD, before my mouth. Keep the door of my lips.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, set a guard at my mouth and a guard for my lips

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, set a guard at my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Set a guard, O LORD, to my mouth; Keep watch at the door of my lips.

New American Standard 1977
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Set a watch, O LORD, upon my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

King James 2000 Bible
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

American King James Version
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

American Standard Version
Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth; Keep the door of my lips.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Set a watch, O Lord, on my mouth, and a strong door about by lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my lips.

Darby Bible Translation
Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

English Revised Version
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Webster's Bible Translation
Set a watch, O LORD, 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.
Study Bible
Come Quickly to Me
2May my prayer be set before You like incense, my uplifted hands like the evening offering. 3Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. 4Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil thing or take part in works of wickedness with men who do iniquity; let me not feast on their delicacies.…
Cross References
James 1:26
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless.

1 Samuel 21:2
"The king has ordered me on some business," David replied. "He told me no one is to know about the mission or instructions. And I have directed my young men to meet me at a certain place.

Psalm 34:13
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.

Psalm 39:1
I said, "I will watch my ways so that I will not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle as long as the wicked are present."

Proverbs 13:3
He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.

Micah 7:5
Do not rely on a friend; do not trust in a companion. Seal the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms.

Treasury of Scripture

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

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Psalm 17:3-5
Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress…

Psalm 39:1
To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Psalm 71:8
Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.







Lexicon
Set
שִׁיתָ֣ה (šî·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7896: To put, set

a guard,
שָׁמְרָ֣ה (šā·mə·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8108: A guard, watch

O LORD,
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

over my mouth;
לְפִ֑י (lə·p̄î)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

keep watch
נִ֝צְּרָ֗ה (niṣ·ṣə·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5341: To watch, guard, keep

at
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the door
דַּ֥ל (dal)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1817: Something swinging, the valve of a, door

of my lips.
שְׂפָתָֽי׃ (śə·p̄ā·ṯāy)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin
(3) Watch.--The image drawn from the guard set at city gates at night seems to indicate the evening as the time of composition of the psalm.

Door of my lips.--Comp. "doors of thy mouth" (Micah 7:5), and so in Euripides, ????? ????????. For the probable motive of the prayer, see Introduction. The poet's feeling is that of Xenocrates: "I have often repented of having spoken, but never of having been silent."

Verse 3. - Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips (comp. Psalm 39:1). David's was a hasty, impetuous temper, which required sharp control. He strove to "keep his own mouth with a bridle" - to " be dumb with silence, and hold his peace" - but this was not always possible for him of his own unassisted strength. He therefore makes his prayer to God for the Divine help. 141:1-4 Make haste unto me. Those that know how to value God's gracious presence, will be the more fervent in their prayers. When presented through the sacrifice and intercession of the Saviour, they will be as acceptable to God as the daily sacrifices and burnings of incense were of old. Prayer is a spiritual sacrifice, it is the offering up the soul and its best affections. Good men know the evil of tongue sins. When enemies are provoking, we are in danger of speaking unadvisedly. While we live in an evil world, and have such evil hearts, we have need to pray that we may neither be drawn nor driven to do any thing sinful. Sinners pretend to find dainties in sin; but those that consider how soon sin will turn into bitterness, will dread such dainties, and pray to God to take them out of their sight, and by his grace to turn their hearts against them. Good men pray against the sweets of sin.
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