“For your guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language of the crafty.
“He captures the wise by their own shrewdness,
And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
“It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.’
“The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
Whom God brings into their power.
“You let your mouth loose in evil
And your tongue frames deceit.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword.
They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,
Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips,
From a deceitful tongue.
“They bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” declares the Lord.
“Their tongue is a deadly arrow;
It speaks deceit;
With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor,
But inwardly he sets an ambush for him.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
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.
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!