New American Standard Bible
O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise.
King James Bible
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Darby Bible Translation
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare thy praise.
World English Bible
Lord, open my lips. My mouth shall declare your praise.
Young's Literal Translation
O Lord, my lips thou dost open, And my mouth declareth Thy praise.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
O Lord, open thou my lips - That is, by taking away my guilt; by giving me evidence that my sins are forgiven; by taking this burden from me, and filling my heart with the joy of pardon. The original word is in the future tense, but the meaning is well expressed in our common translation. There was, in fact, at the same time a confident expectation that God "would" thus open his lips, and a desire that he should do it.
And my mouth shall show forth thy praise - Or, I will praise thee. Praise is the natural expression of the feelings when the sense of sin is removed.
LibraryJanuary the Twenty-Seventh the Confession of Sin
"I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me." --PSALM li. 1-12. Sin that is unconfessed shuts out the energies of grace. Confession makes the soul receptive of the bountiful waters of life. We open the door to God as soon as we name our sin. Guilt that is penitently confessed is already in the "consuming fire" of God's love. When I "acknowledge my sin" I begin to enter into the knowledge of "pardon, joy, and peace." But if I hide my sin I also hide myself from "the unsearchable …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
Praying Saints of the Old Testaments (Continued)
God the Holy Spirit the Love which Dwells in the Heart.
"You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do.
That I may tell of all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in Your salvation.
Let my lips utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes.
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