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.

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

New King James Version
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.

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

NASB 1995
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.

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

Amplified Bible
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly].

Christian Standard Bible
LORD, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch 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.

American Standard Version
Set a watch, O Jehovah, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Set, O YHWH, a watch for my mouth, Watch over the door of 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 given me a mission," David replied. "He told me no one is to know about the mission or charge. 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.

set a watch

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.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

O LORD,
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 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 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 5341: To watch, guard, keep

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

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

of my lips.
שְׂפָתָֽי׃ (śə·p̄ā·ṯāy)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin


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