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38 Bible Verses about Evil Speaking
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Having therefore left all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envies and all murmurings,
For there are many insubordinate and vain talkers and deceivers of souls, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths it is expedient to stop, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest gain.
If anyone among you thinks to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, his religion is vain.
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words That they may shoot in secret at the perfect; suddenly do they shoot at him and fear not.read more.
They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they attempt to hide the snares; they say, Who shall see them?
In the same manner, the tongue is a very small member and boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of our nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every nature of beasts and of birds and of serpents and of beings in the sea may be tamed and is tamed by mankind,read more.
but no man can tame the tongue, which is an evil that cannot be restrained and is full of deadly poison. With it we bless God, even the Father; and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God. Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
Murmur not against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil of his brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law; but if thou judge the law, thou art not a keeper of the law, but a judge.
Know ye not that the unjust shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate nor homosexuals nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor revilers nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips,
Therefore, leaving the lie, speak every man truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for edification, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with which ye are sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and evil speaking be taken away from you, with all malice,
neither dishonest words nor foolishness nor low jesting, which are not convenient, but rather giving of thanks.
These six things does the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to evil,read more.
a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride, arrogancy, the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate.
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked covers violence.
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens his lips often shall have calamity.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out, so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases. Charcoal for burning coals and wood for fire, and a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.read more.
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
My enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die and his name perish? And if he came to see me, he spoke lies: his heart gathered iniquity to itself, and when he goes out, he tells it. All that hate me congregate together and murmur against me; against me do they devise my hurt.read more.
A disease of Belial, they say, cleaves fast unto him, and now that he lies he shall rise up no more. Even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
Thy tongue devises wickedness like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou dost love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Thou dost love all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
Princes also sat and spoke against me as thy slave spoke according to thy statutes.
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he answered me. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?read more.
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! My soul has long dwelt with those that hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.