Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
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.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
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For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 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.
To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
1 Peter 3:10
Whoever would love life and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
He one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
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.
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words and a bird on the wing may report what you say.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
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.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
He Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak.
A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
1 Peter 2:12
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca, is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips.
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.
If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.
As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.