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So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.
For there are also many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from Judaism. It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching what they shouldn’t in order to get money dishonestly.
If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, then his religion is useless and he deceives himself.
Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth;
trouble and malice are under his tongue.
Hide me from the scheming of wicked people,
from the mob of evildoers, who sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim bitter words like arrows, shooting from concealed places at the innocent.
They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.read more.
They encourage each other in an evil plan;
they talk about hiding traps and say,
“Who will see them?”
So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell. Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man, read more.
but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. We praise our Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it. Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.
Don’t criticize one another, brothers. He who criticizes a brother or judges his brother criticizes the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.
Their throat is an open grave;
they deceive with their tongues.
Vipers’ venom is under their lips.
Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another.
No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption. All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice.
Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil.
I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct,
and perverse speech.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The one who guards his mouth protects his life;
the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
Without wood, fire goes out;
without a gossip, conflict dies down. As charcoal for embers and wood for fire,
so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. A gossip’s words are like choice food
that goes down to one’s innermost being.read more.
Smooth lips with an evil heart
are like glaze on an earthen vessel.
My enemies speak maliciously about me:
“When will he die and be forgotten?” When one of them comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully;
he stores up evil in his heart;
he goes out and talks. All who hate me whisper together about me;
they plan to harm me.read more.
“Lethal poison has been poured into him,
and he won’t rise again from where he lies!” Even my friend in whom I trusted,
one who ate my bread,
has raised his heel against me.
Like a sharpened razor,
your tongue devises destruction,
working treachery. You love evil instead of good,
lying instead of speaking truthfully.Selah You love any words that destroy,
you treacherous tongue!
Though princes sit together speaking against me,
Your servant will think about Your statutes;
A song of ascents.In my distress I called to the Lord,
and He answered me. “Lord, deliver me from lying lips
and a deceitful tongue.” What will He give you,
and what will He do to you,
you deceitful tongue?read more.
A warrior’s sharp arrows
with burning charcoal! What misery that I have stayed in Meshech,
that I have lived among the tents of Kedar! I have lived too long
with those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war.