Speech, Power And Significance Of

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James 3:1-12

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others. For all of us make many mistakes. If someone does not make any mistakes when he speaks, he is perfect and able to control his whole body. Now if we put bits into horses' mouths to make them obey us, we can guide their whole bodies as well. read more.
And look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsman directs. 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, 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! A spring cannot pour both fresh and brackish water from the same opening, can it? My brothers, a fig tree cannot produce olives, nor a grapevine figs, can it? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Proverbs 12:13-14

An evil man's sinful speech ensnares him, but the righteous person escapes from trouble. By his fruitful speech a man can remain satisfied, and a man's handiwork will reward him.

Psalm 140:9

May those who surround me discover that the trouble they talk about falls on their own head!

Proverbs 10:14

Those who are wise store up knowledge, but when the fool speaks, destruction is near.

Proverbs 18:6-7

A fool's words bring strife, and his mouth invites fighting. A fool's mouth is his unraveling, and his lips entrap himself.

Proverbs 11:9

By what he says, the godless person can destroy his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.

Job 19:2

"How long do you intend to keep torturing me and trying to break me by what you're saying?

Psalm 55:20-21

Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word. His mouth is as smooth as butter, while war is in his heart. His words were as smooth as olive oil, while his sword is drawn.

Psalm 57:4

I am surrounded by lions. I lie down with those who burn with fire that is, with people whose teeth are like spears and arrows whose tongues are like sharp swords.

Psalm 64:3-4

who sharpen their tongues like swords, and aim their bitter words like arrows, shooting at the innocent from concealment. Suddenly they shoot, fearing nothing.

Proverbs 12:6

The words of the wicked lead to bloodshed, but the speech of the upright delivers them.

Proverbs 16:27

A worthless person concocts evil gossip his lips are like a burning fire.

Proverbs 10:20-21

What the righteous person says is like precious silver; the thoughts of the wicked are compared to small things. What the righteous person says nourishes many, but fools die because they lack discerning hearts.

Proverbs 16:21

The wise-hearted person is told to be discerning, and that pleasant speech promotes instruction.

Proverbs 25:11-12

Like golden apples set in silver is a word spoken at the right time. Like a gold earring and a necklace of pure gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Proverbs 11:12-13

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but the discerning man controls his comments. Whoever spreads gossip betrays secrets, but the trustworthy person keeps a confidence.

1 Samuel 10:27

But some troublemakers said, "How can this man deliver us?" They despised him and did not bring him a gift. But Saul remained silent.

Proverbs 10:19

Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.

Proverbs 17:27-28

Whoever controls what he says is knowledgeable; anyone who has a calm spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool is thought to be wise when he remains silent; he is thought to be prudent when he keeps his mouth shut.

Proverbs 26:4

Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you will be just like him.

Zephaniah 1:7

Remain silent in the presence of the Lord GOD, because the Day of the LORD approaches, and because the LORD has prepared a sacrifice for those whom he has invited to be consecrated.

Acts 2:40-41

Using many different expressions, Peter continued to testify and to plead: "Be saved," he urged them, "from this corrupt generation!" So those who welcomed his message were baptized. That day about 3,000 people were added to their number.

Acts 28:23-24

So they set a day to meet with Paul and came out in large numbers to see him where he was staying. From morning until evening, he continued to explain the kingdom of God to them, trying to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. Some of them were convinced by what he said, but others wouldn't believe.

1 Peter 2:22-23

"He never sinned, and he never told a lie." When he was insulted, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he did not threaten. It was his habit to commit the matter to the one who judges fairly.

Matthew 26:63

But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest told him, "I command you by the living God to tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God!"

Mark 14:61

But he kept silent and didn't answer at all. The high priest asked him again, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?"

Mark 15:5

But since Jesus no longer answered, Pilate was astonished.

Luke 23:9

So he continued to question him for a long time, but Jesus gave him no answer at all.

John 19:8-9

When Pilate heard this, he became even more afraid. Returning to his headquarters, he asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus did not answer him.

Matthew 12:34-37

You children of serpents! How can you say anything good when you are evil? The mouth speaks about what overflows from the heart. A good person brings good things out of a good treasure house, and an evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure house. I tell you, on Judgment Day people will give an account for every thoughtless word they have uttered, read more.
because by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Psalm 15:1-5

LORD, who may stay in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain? The one who lives with integrity, who does righteous deeds, and who speaks truth to himself. The one who does not slander with his tongue, who does no evil to his neighbor, and who does not destroy his friend's reputation.read more.
The one who despises those who are utterly wicked, but who honors the one who fears the LORD, who keeps his word even when it hurts and does not change, who does not loan his money with interest, and who does not take a bribe against those who are innocent. The one who does these things will stand firm forever. A special Davidic Psalm.

Matthew 15:10-20

Then calling out to the crowd, he addressed them, "Listen and understand! It is not what goes into the mouth that makes a person unclean. It is what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean." Then the disciples came and asked him, "Do you realize that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?"read more.
He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If one blind person leads another blind person, both will fall into a ditch." Then Peter told him, "Explain to us this parable." Jesus said, "Are you still so ignorant? Don't you know that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and then is expelled as waste? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is those things that make a person unclean. It is out of the heart that evil thoughts come, as well as murder, adultery, sexual immorality, stealing, false testimony, and slander. These are the things that make a person unclean. But eating with unwashed hands doesn't make a person unclean."

Mark 7:14-23

Then he called to the crowd again and told them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand! Nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean. It's what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!"read more.
When he had left the crowd and gone home, his disciples began asking him about the parable. He asked them, "Are you so ignorant? Don't you know that nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean? Because it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then into the sewer, thereby expelling all foods." Then he continued, "It's what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean, because it's from within, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come, as well as sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, cheating, shameless lust, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness. All these things come from inside and make a person unclean."

Luke 6:45

A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure, because the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart."

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