Psalms 34:13

13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

Psalms 34:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
ESV
13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
NLT
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
MSG
13 Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth.
CSB
13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.

Psalms 34:13 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 34:13

Keep thy tongue from evil
This, and what follows in this verse and ( Psalms 34:14 ) , point at the things wherein the fear of God shows itself; and suggest, that those who have it, and which is known by these fruits, shall enjoy the desirable and good days before mentioned. The tongue is an instrument of much evil, an unruly member, and needs restraint; and it is from evil, and not from good, it is to be kept; from evil speaking of God, from cursing and swearing; from evil speaking of men, reproaching and reviling them; from filthy speaking, from all obscene and unchaste words, and from all lying ones; for where such evil speaking is indulged, the fear of God cannot be in that man;

and thy lips from speaking guile;
hypocritical and deceitful words, speaking with flattering lips and a double heart: some speak bad words in common conversation, through an evil habit and custom; and some speak good words with an ill design; and in neither of them is the fear of God before their eyes, nor in their hearts.

Psalms 34:13 In-Context

11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 39:1; Psalms 141:3; Proverbs 13:3; Proverbs 21:23; James 1:26
  • 2. S Psalms 12:2; 1 Peter 2:22