Evil Speaking

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Titus 1:10-11

For there are many disorderly and unruly men who are idle (vain, empty) and misleading talkers and self-deceivers and deceivers of others. [This is true] especially of those of the circumcision party [who have come over from Judaism]. Their mouths must be stopped, for they are mentally distressing and subverting whole families by teaching what they ought not to teach, for the purpose of getting base advantage and disreputable gain.

Titus 3:2

To slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.

James 1:26

If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person's religious service is worthless (futile, barren).

Psalm 64:2-5

Hide me from the secret counsel and conspiracy of the ungodly, from the scheming of evildoers, Who whet their tongues like a sword, who aim venomous words like arrows, Who shoot from ambush at the blameless man; suddenly do they shoot at him, without self-reproach or fear.read more.
They encourage themselves in an evil purpose, they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, Who will discover us?

James 3:5-10

Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze! And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna). For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature).read more.
But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God's likeness! Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.

James 4:11

[My] brethren, do not speak evil about or accuse one another. He that maligns a brother or judges his brother is maligning and criticizing the Law and judging the Law. But if you judge the Law, you are not a practicer of the Law but a censor and judge [of it].

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

Romans 3:13

Their throat is a yawning grave; they use their tongues to deceive (to mislead and to deal treacherously). The venom of asps is beneath their lips.

Ephesians 4:25

Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another.

Ephesians 4:29-31

Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear it. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God's own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).

Ephesians 5:4

Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency) nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt) talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming; but instead voice your thankfulness [to God].

Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,read more.
A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.

Proverbs 11:11

By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God's favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 12:5

The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are honest and reliable, but the counsels and designs of the wicked are treacherous.

Proverbs 14:25

A truthful witness saves lives, but a deceitful witness speaks lies [and endangers lives].

Proverbs 16:27

A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Proverbs 17:4

An evildoer gives heed to wicked lips; and a liar listens to a mischievous tongue.

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a whisperer or talebearer are as dainty morsels; they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

Proverbs 19:1

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.

Proverbs 24:2

For their minds plot oppression and devise violence, and their lips talk of causing trouble and vexation.

Proverbs 25:23

The north wind brings forth rain; so does a backbiting tongue bring forth an angry countenance.

Proverbs 26:20-23

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases. As coals are to hot embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man to inflame strife. The words of a whisperer or slanderer are like dainty morsels or words of sport [to some, but to others are like deadly wounds]; and they go down into the innermost parts of the body [or of the victim's nature].read more.
Burning lips [uttering insincere words of love] and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel covered with the scum thrown off from molten silver [making it appear to be solid silver].

Psalm 41:5-9

My enemies speak evil of me, [saying], When will he die and his name perish? And when one comes to see me, he speaks falsehood and empty words, while his heart gathers mischievous gossip [against me]; when he goes away, he tells it abroad. All who hate me whisper together about me; against me do they devise my hurt [imagining the worst for me].read more.
An evil disease, say they, is poured out upon him and cleaves fast to him; and now that he is bedfast, he will not rise up again. Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted (relied on and was confident), who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

Psalm 52:2-4

Your tongue devises wickedness; it is like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, and lying rather than to speak righteousness, justice, and right. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! You love all destroying and devouring words, O deceitful tongue.

Psalm 59:12

For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips, let them even be trapped and taken in their pride, and for the cursing and lying which they utter.

Psalm 69:12

They who sit in [the city's] gate talk about me, and I am the song of the drunkards.

Psalm 70:3

Let them be turned back and appalled because of their shame and disgrace who say, Aha, aha!

Psalm 102:8

My adversaries taunt and reproach me all the day; and they who are angry with me use my name as a curse.

Psalm 106:33

For they provoked [Moses'] spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.

Psalm 119:23

Princes also sat and talked against me, but Your servant meditated on Your statutes.

Psalm 120:1-7

In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He answered me. Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. What shall be given to you? Or what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? -- "read more.
Sharp arrows of a [mighty] warrior, with [glowing] coals of the broom tree! Woe is me that I sojourn with Meshech, that I dwell beside the tents of Kedar [as if among notoriously barbarous people]! My life has too long had its dwelling with him who hates peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

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Slander » Includes » Evil speaking

Psalm 41:5

My enemies speak evil of me, [saying], When will he die and his name perish?

Psalm 109:20

Let this be the reward of my adversaries from the Lord, and of those who speak evil against my life.