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

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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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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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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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