13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from deceitful speech.(A)

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13 keep your tongue(A) from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.(B)

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Psalm 39

The Fleeting Nature of Life

For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

I said, “I will guard my ways
so that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle
as long as the wicked are in my presence.”(A)

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Psalm 39[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

I said, “I will watch my ways(A)
    and keep my tongue from sin;(B)
I will put a muzzle on my mouth(C)
    while in the presence of the wicked.”

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 39:1 In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.

The one who guards his mouth protects his life;(A)
the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.(B)

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Those who guard their lips(A) preserve their lives,(B)
    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.(C)

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Do not rely on a friend;(A)
don’t trust in a close companion.
Seal your mouth
from the woman who lies in your arms.

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Do not trust a neighbor;
    put no confidence in a friend.(A)
Even with the woman who lies in your embrace
    guard the words of your lips.

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