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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
[To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.] I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked are before me.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting: but rather giving of thanks.
But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy talk out of your mouth.
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but on the contrary blessing; knowing that you are unto this called, that you should inherit a blessing.
What man is he that desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and broke them, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
With this bless we God, even the Father; and with this curse we men, who are made after the similitude of God.
That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father who is in heaven.
Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
And Simon Peter answered, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Therefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.
And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why have you served us thus, that you called us not, when you went to fight with the Midianites? And they did argue with him sharply.
A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, who had gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
For the priest's lips should preserve knowledge, and they should seek the law from his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger:
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these comes from evil.
He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.
Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be against their evil.
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