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bible verses about the tongue

The Power of Words:

  • Proverbs 18:21 – “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
  • Proverbs 15:1 – “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • 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 10:11 – “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”

Guarding Your Words:

  • Psalm 141:3 – “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
  • Matthew 12:36 – “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
  • 1 Peter 3:10 – “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”
  • Proverbs 10:19 – “When there are many words, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”

Honesty and Integrity:

  • Proverbs 12:22 – “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”
  • Proverbs 24:26 – “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.”
  • Proverbs 11:3 – “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
  • Proverbs 19:1 – “Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.”

Gossip and Slander:

  • Proverbs 11:13 – “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”
  • Proverbs 26:20 – “Without wood, a fire goes out; without a gossip, a quarrel dies down.”
  • Proverbs 30:10 – “Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.”
  • Proverbs 10:18 – “Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.”

Blessing and Encouragement:

  • Proverbs 15:4 – “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
  • 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.”
  • Colossians 4:6 – “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
  • Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Praise and Worship:

  • Psalm 138:1 – “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the ‘gods’ I will sing your praise.”
  • Psalm 35:28 – “My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.”
  • Psalm 89:1 – “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.”
  • Psalm 145:1 – “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.”

Control and Taming the Tongue:

  • Proverbs 13:3 – “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”
  • Proverbs 25:28 – “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”
  • Proverbs 17:28 – “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
  • James 1:19 – “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Blessings and Curses:

  • James 3:9-10 – “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
  • James 3:10 – “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
  • 1 Peter 3:9 – “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.”

Fruit of the Spirit:

  • Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
  • Matthew 12:35 – “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”
  • Luke 6:45 – “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”