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Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.
For there are many people who are rebellious, especially those who are converts from Judaism. They speak utter nonsense and deceive people. They must be silenced, because they are the kind of people who ruin whole families by teaching what they should not teach in order to make money in a shameful way.
If anyone thinks that he is religious and does not bridle his tongue, but instead deceives himself, his religion is worthless.
Their mouth is full of curses, lies, and oppression, their tongues spread trouble and iniquity.
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the mob of those who practice evil, who sharpen their tongues like swords, and aim their bitter words like arrows, shooting at the innocent from concealment. Suddenly they shoot, fearing nothing.read more.
They concoct an evil scheme for themselves; they enumerate their hidden snares; they say, "Who will see them?"
In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements. A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame. The tongue is a fire, a world of evil. Placed among the parts of our bodies, the tongue contaminates the whole body and sets on fire the course of life, and is itself set on fire by hell. For all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be or have been tamed by humans, read more.
but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in God's likeness. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. It should not be like this, my brothers!
Do not criticize each other, brothers. Whoever makes it his habit to criticize his brother or to judge his brother is judging the Law and condemning the Law. But if you condemn the Law, you are not a practicer of the Law but its judge.
You know that wicked people will not inherit the kingdom of God, don't you? Stop deceiving yourselves! Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunks, slanderers, and robbers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Their throats are open graves. With their tongues they deceive. The venom of poisonous snakes is under their lips.
Therefore, stripping off falsehood, "let each of us speak the truth to his neighbor," for we belong to one another.
Let no filthy talk be heard from your mouths, but only what is good for building up people and meeting the need of the moment. This way you will administer grace to those who hear you. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred.
Obscene, flippant, or vulgar talk is totally inappropriate. Instead, let there be thanksgiving.
Here are six things that the LORD hates seven, in fact, are detestable to him: Arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, and hands shedding innocent blood; a heart crafting evil plans, feet running swiftly to wickedness,read more.
a false witness snorting lies, and someone sowing quarrels between brothers.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride, arrogance, an evil lifestyle, and perverted speech I despise.
What the righteous say is a flowing fountain, but what the wicked say conceals violence.
Anyone who guards his words protects his life; anyone who talks too much is ruined.
A gentle response diverts anger, but a harsh statement incites fury.
Without wood, the fire goes out. Without a gossip, contention stops. Charcoal is to hot coals as wood is to fire; so also a quarrelsome man fuels strife. The words of a gossip are like delicate morsels; they sink down deep within.read more.
A clay vessel plated with a thin veneer of silver that's what smooth lips with a wicked heart are.
As for my enemies, with malice they said, "When will he die and memory of his name perish?" The one who comes to visit me speaks lies; in his heart he thinks slanderous things about me and goes around spreading them. As for all who hate me, they whisper together against me; they desire to do me harm.read more.
They say, "Wickedness is entrenched in him. Once he is brought low, he will not rise again." As for my best friend, the one in whom I trusted, the one who ate my bread, even he has insulted me!
Your tongue, like a sharp razor, devises wicked things and crafts treachery. You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking uprightly. Interlude You love all words that destroy, you deceitful tongue!
Though nobles take their seat and gossip about me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
I cried to the LORD in my distress, and he responded to me. "LORD, deliver me from lips that lie and tongues that deceive." What will be given to you, and what will be done to you, you treacherous tongue?read more.
Like a sharp arrow from a warrior, along with fiery coals from juniper trees! How terrible for me, that I am an alien in Meshech, that I reside among the tents of Kedar! I have resided too long with those who hate peace. I am in favor of peace; but when I speak, they are in favor of war. A Song of Ascents