Speech, Power And Significance Of

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James 3:1-12

Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment, for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body. Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal.read more.
And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 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, 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. Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.

Proverbs 12:13-14

An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech,
but a righteous one escapes from trouble. A man will be satisfied with good
by the words of his mouth,
and the work of a man’s hands will reward him.

Psalm 140:9

When those who surround me rise up,
may the trouble their lips cause overwhelm them.

Proverbs 10:14

The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool hastens destruction.

Proverbs 14:3

The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline,
but the lips of the wise protect them.

Proverbs 18:6-7

A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating. A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.

Proverbs 11:9

With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor,
but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.

Job 19:2

How long will you torment me
and crush me with words?

Psalm 55:20-21

My friend acts violently
against those at peace with him;
he violates his covenant. His buttery words are smooth,
but war is in his heart.
His words are softer than oil,
but they are drawn swords.

Psalm 57:4

I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down with those who devour men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows;
their tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 64:3-4

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.

Proverbs 12:6

The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush,
but the speech of the upright rescues them.

Proverbs 16:27

A worthless man digs up evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Proverbs 10:20-21

The tongue of the righteous is pure silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for lack of sense.

Proverbs 16:21

Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning,
and pleasant speech increases learning.

Proverbs 25:11-12

A word spoken at the right time
is like gold apples on a silver tray. A wise correction to a receptive ear
is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

Proverbs 11:12-13

Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man with understanding keeps silent. A gossip goes around revealing a secret,
but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.

1 Samuel 10:27

But some wicked men said, “How can this guy save us?” They despised him and did not bring him a gift, but Saul said nothing.

Proverbs 17:27-28

The intelligent person restrains his words,
and one who keeps a cool head
is a man of understanding. Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent,
discerning when he seals his lips.

Proverbs 26:4

Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness
or you’ll be like him yourself.

Zephaniah 1:7

Be silent in the presence of the Lord God,
for the Day of the Lord is near.
Indeed, the Lord has prepared a sacrifice;
He has consecrated His guests.

Acts 2:40-41

And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!” So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.

Acts 28:23-24

After arranging a day with him, many came to him at his lodging. From dawn to dusk he expounded and witnessed about the kingdom of God. He tried to persuade them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets. Some were persuaded by what he said, but others did not believe.

1 Peter 2:22-23

He did not commit sin,
and no deceitwas found in His mouth; when He was reviled,
He did not revile in return;
when He was suffering,
He did not threaten
but entrusted Himself to the One who judges justly.

Matthew 26:63

But Jesus kept silent. Then the high priest said to Him, “By the living God I place You under oath: tell us if You are the Messiah, the Son of God!”

Mark 14:61

But He kept silent and did not answer anything. Again the high priest questioned Him, “Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

Mark 15:5

But Jesus still did not answer anything, so Pilate was amazed.

Luke 23:9

So he kept asking Him questions, but Jesus did not answer him.

John 19:8-9

When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer.

Matthew 12:34-37

Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. A good man produces good things from his storeroom of good, and an evil man produces evil things from his storeroom of evil. I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.read more.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Psalm 15:1-5

A Description of the GodlyA Davidic psalm. Lord, who can dwell in Your tent?
Who can live on Your holy mountain? The one who lives honestly, practices righteousness,
and acknowledges the truth in his heart— who does not slander with his tongue,
who does not harm his friend
or discredit his neighbor,read more.
who despises the one rejected by the Lord
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his word whatever the cost, who does not lend his money at interest
or take a bribe against the innocent—
the one who does these things will never be moved.

Matthew 15:10-20

Summoning the crowd, He told them, “Listen and understand: It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” Then the disciples came up and told Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard this statement?”read more.
He replied, “Every plant that My heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted. Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.” Then Peter replied to Him, “Explain this parable to us.” “Are even you still lacking in understanding?” He asked. “Don’t you realize that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is eliminated? But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. These are the things that defile a man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

Mark 7:14-23

Summoning the crowd again, He told them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: Nothing that goes into a person from outside can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him. [If anyone has ears to hear, he should listen!]”read more.
When He went into the house away from the crowd, the disciples asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “Are you also as lacking in understanding? Don’t you realize that nothing going into a man from the outside can defile him? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into the stomach and is eliminated.” (As a result, He made all foods clean.) Then He said, “What comes out of a person—that defiles him. For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, promiscuity, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person.”

Luke 6:45

A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

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