110 Bible Verses about Cursing

Words have power, reflecting our hearts and intentions. The Bible’s perspective on cursing teaches us to guard our speech and stay pure in our expressions. These 110 Bible verses about cursing guide us to use our words to bless and uplift, not harm or condemn. May they inspire kindness and grace in every conversation.

The Consequences of Cursing

  • James 3:10 – “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
  • Matthew 12:36-37 – “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
  • Colossians 3:8 – “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”
  • Proverbs 18:21 – “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
  • Romans 12:14 – “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
  • Psalms 10:7 – “His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.”
  • Proverbs 15:1 – “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Proverbs 21:23 – “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”
  • Proverbs 12:18 – “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Avoiding Cursing

  • Ephesians 5:4 – “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”
  • James 1:26 – “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”
  • 1 Peter 3:9-10 – “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.'”
  • James 4:11 – “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”
  • Proverbs 17:27-28 – “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
  • Job 2:9-10 – “His wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’ He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
  • Proverbs 13:3 – “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”
  • Luke 6:28 – “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
  • Psalm 141:3 – “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

The Nature of the Tongue and Cursing

  • Proverbs 4:24 – “Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.”
  • James 3:8 – “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”
  • Proverbs 6:12 – “A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,”
  • Proverbs 26:28 – “A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”
  • Psalm 52:2 – “Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit.”
  • Proverbs 25:23 – “The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue brings angry looks.”
  • Job 15:5 – “Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.”
  • Psalm 109:2 – “For people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.”
  • Proverbs 10:20 – “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.”
  • Psalm 64:3 – “They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.”

Wisdom and Avoiding Cursing

  • Proverbs 10:31-32 – “From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.”
  • James 3:5-6 – “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
  • Proverbs 12:14 – “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.”
  • Proverbs 15:4 – “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
  • Proverbs 16:23 – “The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.”
  • Ecclesiastes 10:12 – “Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.”
  • Proverbs 15:2 – “The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.”
  • Proverbs 18:4 – “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.”
  • Proverbs 18:20 – “From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.”

The Power of Blessing Over Cursing

  • Proverbs 15:23 – “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!”
  • Luke 6:45 – “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
  • 1 Peter 3:10 – “For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.'”
  • Proverbs 16:1 – “To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.”
  • Proverbs 11:11 – “Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.”
  • Proverbs 12:6 – “The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.”
  • Proverbs 24:26 – “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.”
  • Proverbs 25:15 – “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.”

Guarding Against Evil Speech and Cursing

  • Psalm 19:14 – “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
  • Proverbs 8:8 – “All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.”
  • Proverbs 13:5 – “The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.”
  • Psalm 39:1 – “I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.'”
  • Proverbs 21:6 – “A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.”
  • Proverbs 22:12 – “The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.”
  • Proverbs 26:20 – “Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.”
  • Proverbs 17:4 – “A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.”
  • Proverbs 10:19 – “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”

Consequences of Deceitful Speech and Cursing

  • Psalm 12:3-4 – “May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips—who is our master?'”
  • Proverbs 19:5 – “A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.”
  • Proverbs 17:20 – “One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.”
  • Proverbs 26:22 – “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”
  • Psalm 120:2 – “Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.”
  • Proverbs 25:18 – “Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.”
  • Proverbs 17:7 – “Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—how much worse lying lips to a ruler!”
  • Proverbs 6:16-19 – “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
  • Psalm 109:3 – “They encircle me with words of hate; they attack me without cause.”
  • Proverbs 12:19 – “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”

Avoiding Cursing and Speech that Honors God

  • Psalm 35:28 – “My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.”
  • Psalm 37:30 – “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.”
  • Proverbs 15:7 – “The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.”
  • Proverbs 31:26 – “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”
  • Psalm 49:3 – “My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.”
  • Psalm 71:24 – “My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.”
  • Psalm 51:15 – “Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.”
  • Proverbs 10:11 – “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”
  • Proverbs 10:32 – “The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.”

Restraint and Control Over Words and Cursing

  • Proverbs 13:2 – “From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.”
  • James 1:19 – “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
  • Proverbs 17:28 – “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
  • Ecclesiastes 5:2 – “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”
  • Proverbs 29:11 – “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
  • Proverbs 14:29 – “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”

Speaking Truth in Love and Steering Away from Cursing

  • Ephesians 4:15 – “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
  • Zechariah 8:16 – “These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;”
  • Proverbs 12:22 – “The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”
  • 2 Corinthians 6:7 – “In truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left,”
  • Colossians 3:9 – “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices”
  • Proverbs 16:13 – “Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.”
  • Proverbs 28:23 – “Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.”
  • 1 Peter 2:1 – “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”
  • Proverbs 25:11 – “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

Encouragement Through Speech and Avoiding Cursing

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
  • Hebrews 3:13 – “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
  • Proverbs 16:24 – “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
  • Acts 15:32 – “Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.”
  • Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
  • Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
  • 2 Corinthians 13:11 – “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8-9 – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
  • Romans 1:12 – “That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”

Integrity in Speech and Avoiding Cursing

  • Proverbs 11:3 – “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
  • Psalm 34:13 – “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.”
  • Psalm 15:1-2 – “LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;”
  • Proverbs 22:11 – “One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.”
  • Ephesians 4:25 – “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
  • 2 Corinthians 8:21 – “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.”
  • Proverbs 20:7 – “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.”
  • Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
  • Proverbs 8:7 – “My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.”

Reflections on Speech and Refraining from Cursing

  • Proverbs 18:2 – “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.”
  • Proverbs 15:28 – “The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.”
  • James 3:13 – “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
  • Proverbs 29:20 – “Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”


Considering these 110 Bible verses about cursing reminds us of the impact our words have. By speaking with love and grace, we uplift others and honor our faith. Let these Scriptures guide us to communicate with kindness and integrity!

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