Psalm 39

The Fleeting Nature of Life

For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Davidic psalm.

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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Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips.(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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26 If anyone[a] thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue,(A) then his religion is useless and he deceives himself.

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Footnotes

  1. James 1:26 Other mss add among you