Psalms 39:2

Question

“I said: ‘I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue;
I will keep a curb upon my mouth while the wicked is before me’.” (Tehillim 39:2).

Does it mean that one should remain silent in front of wicked people?

Please explain the verse.

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Answers

  1. Yes, some commentaries explain that even when the tormentors are standing right in front of the person – right at the very heights of a person’s distress – one should be silent. Others explains that King David is saying that when an ailing righteous person is being visited by a wicked person, the righteous person should not give any indication of the pain and suffering that they are going through, because, to do so would give the wicked person reason to rejoice at their afflictions.

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