The Power of the Tongue – Part 1

Published April 19, 2017 by Covenant Keepers, Inc. in

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2


How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove? Job 6:25

The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverted. Proverbs 10:32

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. Proverbs 15:28

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Proverbs 16:23

The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. Ecclesiastes 12:10

The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. Matthew 12:35

But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. Matthew 15:18

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:6

I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3



The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, but the perverted tongue will be cut out. Proverbs 10:31

The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord, but the blameless in their walk are His delight. Proverbs 11:20

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight. Proverbs 12:22

You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:34-36

It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man. Matthew 15:11

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. Matthew 15:19



The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. Proverbs 13:3

The wise in heart will be called understanding, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Proverbs 16:21

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:37

But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. 2 Timothy 2:16-17

Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 1 Timothy 3:11

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. James 1:26



A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated. The naive inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor is hated even by his neighbor, but those who love the rich are many. He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who is gracious to the poor. Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools is foolishness. A truthful witness saves lives, but he who utters lies is treacherous. In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. In a multitude of people is a king’s glory, but in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin. He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. Proverbs 14:17-29

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute. Proverbs 15:18

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. Proverbs 16:32 Proverbs 19:11

Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself. Proverbs 22:24-25

A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back. Proverbs 29:11

An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression. Proverbs 29:22

Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9

But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Colossians 3:8

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20



The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Proverbs 10:11

The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding. Proverbs 10:21

A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, and the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him. Proverbs 12:14

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and he who speaks right is loved. Proverbs 16:13

The wise in heart will be called understanding, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Proverbs 16:21

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23

By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone. Proverbs 25:15

In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8

For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. James 3:2

The one who desires life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. 1 Peter 3:10


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