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Life and death are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
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.
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.
The one who guards his mouth protects his life;
the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
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.
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.
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.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
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.
The Lord God has given Me
the tongue of those who are instructed
to know how to sustain the weary with a word.
He awakens Me each morning;
He awakens My ear to listen like those being instructed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
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.
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.
but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
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.
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?”
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.
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.”
For there is nothing reliable in what they say;
destruction is within them;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongues.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, then his religion is useless and he deceives himself.
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