Psalm 39:1 {38:1}
Good News Translation
I said, "I will be careful about what I do and will not let my tongue make me sin; I will not say anything while evil people are near."

Contemporary English Version
I told myself, "I'll be careful not to sin by what I say, and I'll muzzle my mouth when evil people are near."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, for Idithun himself, a canticle of David. [2] I said: I will take heed to my ways: that I sin not with my tongue. I have set a guard to my mouth, when the sinner stood against me.

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Unto the end, for Idithun himself, a canticle of David. [2] I said: I will take heed to my ways: that I sin not with my tongue. I have set a guard to my mouth, when the sinner stood against me.

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2970 B.C.

1034 (Title.) Jeduthun. Jeduthun, probably the same as Ethan,

1 Chronicles 6:44 And the sons of Merari their brethren, on the left hand, Ethan the son of Cusi, the son of Abdi, the son of Meloch,

, was one of the sons of Merari, and is supposed to have been one the four masters of music, or leaders of bands, belonging to the temple service. It is therefore probable that David, having composed this Psalm, gave it to Jeduthun and his company to sing; and it is very likely, that it was written on the same occasion as the preceding.

Psalm 62:1 Unto the end, for Idithun, a psalm of David. [2] Shall not my soul be subject to God? for from him is my salvation.

Psalm 77:1 Unto the end, for Idithun, a psalm of Asaph. [2] I cried to the Lord with my voice; to God with my voice, and he gave ear to me.

1 Chronicles 16:41 And after him Heman, and Idithun, and the rest that were chosen, every one by his name to give praise to the Lord: because his mercy endureth for ever.

1 Chronicles 25:1-6 Moreover David and the chief officers of the army separated for the ministry the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Idithun: to prophesy with harps, and with psalteries, and with cymbals according to their number serving in their appointed office. . . .

I said

Psalm 119:9 By what doth a young man correct his way? by observing thy words.

1 Kings 2:4 That the Lord may confirm his words, which he hath spoken of me, saying: If thy children shall take heed to their ways, and shall walk before me in truth, with all their heart, and with all their soul, there shall not be taken away from thee a man on the throne of Israel.

2 Kings 10:31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel to sin.

Proverbs 4:26,27 Decline not to the right hand, nor to the left: turn away thy foot from evil. For the Lord knoweth the ways that are on the right hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in peace. . . .

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore ought we more diligently to observe the things which we have heard lest perhaps we should let them slip.

that I

Psalm 12:4 Who have said: We will magnify our tongue: our lips are our own: who is Lord over us?

Psalm 73:8,9 They have thought and spoken wickedness: they have spoken iniquity on high. . . .

Psalm 141:3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my lips.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof.

Proverbs 21:23 He that keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from distress.

my mouth [heb.

James 1:26 And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue but deceiving his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

James 3:2-8 For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man. He is able also with a bridle to lead about the whole body. . . .

while

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence at that time, for it is an evil time.

Micah 7:5,6 Believe not a friend, and trust not in a prince: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that sleepeth in thy bosom. . . .

Colossians 4:5 Walk with wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.

Context
I Will Watch My Ways
1Unto the end, for Idithun himself, a canticle of David. [2] I said: I will take heed to my ways: that I sin not with my tongue. I have set a guard to my mouth, when the sinner stood against me.2I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence from good things: and my sorrow was renewed.…
Cross References
James 1:26
And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue but deceiving his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

James 3:2
For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man. He is able also with a bridle to lead about the whole body.

James 3:5
Even so the tongue is indeed a little member and boasteth great things. Behold how small a fire kindleth a great wood.

1 Kings 2:4
That the Lord may confirm his words, which he hath spoken of me, saying: If thy children shall take heed to their ways, and shall walk before me in truth, with all their heart, and with all their soul, there shall not be taken away from thee a man on the throne of Israel.

2 Kings 10:31
But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel to sin.

1 Chronicles 16:41
And after him Heman, and Idithun, and the rest that were chosen, every one by his name to give praise to the Lord: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Job 2:10
And he said to her: Thou hast spoken like one of the foolish women: If we have received good things at the hand of God, why should we not receive evil? In all these things Job did not sin with his lips.

Job 6:24
Teach me, and I will hold my peace: and if I have been ignorant of any thing, instruct me.

Psalm 17:3
Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.

Psalm 34:13
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Psalm 119:9
By what doth a young man correct his way? by observing thy words.

Psalm 141:3
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my lips.

Additional Translations
For the choirmaster. For Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. 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.”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.

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.

For the end, a Song of David, to Idithun. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I set a guard on my mouth, while the sinner stood in my presence.

{To the chief Musician, 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 muzzle, while the wicked is before me.

For the Chief Musician, for 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.

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.

I said, "I will watch my ways, so that I don't sin with my tongue. I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me."

To the Overseer, to Jeduthun. -- A Psalm of David. I have said, 'I observe my ways, Against sinning with my tongue, I keep for my mouth a curb, while the wicked is before me.'
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