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James 3:1-12

Not many should become teachers, my brothers, [because you] know that we will receive a greater judgment. For we all stumble [in] many [ways]. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he [is] a perfect individual, able to hold in check his whole body also. And if we put bits in the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we also guide their whole bodies.read more.
Behold also ships: [although they] are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot wishes. So also the tongue is a small member [of the body] and boasts great [things]. Behold how small a fire sets ablaze how great a forest! And the tongue [is] a fire! The world of unrighteousness, the tongue, is set among our members, defiling the whole body and setting on fire {the course of human existence}, being set on fire by hell. For every species of animals and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is being tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no human being is able to tame the tongue. [It is] a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these [things] ought not to be so! A spring does not pour forth from the same opening fresh and bitter [water, does it]? A fig tree is not able, my brothers, to produce olives, or a grapevine figs. Neither can a saltwater spring produce fresh water.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise will dispense knowledge, but the mouth of fools will pour out folly.

Proverbs 12:13-14

By the transgression of lips, evil is ensnared, but the righteous escapes from trouble. From the fruit of the mouth of a man, he is filled with good, and the reward of {a man's labor} will return to him.

Psalm 140:9

[With respect to the] head of [those who] surround me, may the harm of their lips cover them.

Proverbs 10:14

Those who are wise lay up knowledge, but [to] the mouth of the fool, ruin draws near.

Proverbs 18:6-7

The lips of a fool will bring strife, and his mouth calls out for a flogging. The mouth of a fool [is] ruin to him, and his lips [are] a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 11:9

With a mouth, the godless shall destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Job 19:2

"{How long} will you torment me and crush me with words?

Psalm 55:20-21

He has put forth his hands against {his friends}; he has defiled his covenant. The {buttery words} of his mouth were smooth, but [there was] battle in his heart. His words were smoother than oil, but they [were] drawn swords.

Psalm 57:4

My soul [is] among lions. I lie down [among those who] devour-- the children of humankind whose teeth [are] spears and arrows and whose tongues [are] sharp swords.

Psalm 64:3-4

who sharpen their tongue like a sword. They bend [their bow to shoot] their arrows--bitter words, to shoot from their hiding places [at the] blameless. Suddenly they shoot [at] him and do not fear.

Proverbs 12:6

The words of the wicked [are] an ambush of blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

Proverbs 16:27

A man of wickedness concocts evil, and his lips [are] like a scorching fire.

Proverbs 10:20-21

Choice silver is a tongue of righteousness, a heart of wickedness is {of little worth}. Lips of righteousness feed many, but fools {die for lack of sense}.

Proverbs 16:21

The wise of heart is called perceptive, but he who is pleasant of lips will increase persuasiveness.

Proverbs 25:11-12

Apples of gold in a setting of silver is a matter spoken at its proper time. A ring of gold and an ornament of fine gold [is] a rebuke of the wise to the ear of a listener.

Proverbs 11:12-13

He who lacks {sense} belittles his neighbor, but a person of intelligence will remain silent. A gossip walks [about] telling a secret, but the trustworthy in spirit keeps [the] matter.

1 Samuel 10:27

However, some {worthless men} said, "How can this [man] deliver us?" So they despised him and brought no gift to him, but he kept silent.

Proverbs 17:27-28

He who spares his sayings knows knowledge, and a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent {shall be considered wise}; he who closes his lips [is] intelligent.

Proverbs 26:4

Do not answer a fool according to his folly lest you become like him--even you.

Zephaniah 1:7

Be silent before the Lord Yahweh, for the day of Yahweh draws near, for Yahweh has provided a sacrifice and has consecrated his guests.

Acts 2:40-41

And with many other words he solemnly urged and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this crooked generation!" So those who accepted his message were baptized, and on that day about three thousand souls were added.

Acts 28:23-24

And [when they] had set a day with him, many more came to him at his lodging place, to whom he was explaining from early in the morning until evening, testifying about the kingdom of God and attempting to convince them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. And [some] were convinced [by] what was said, but [others] refused to believe.

1 Peter 2:22-23

who did not commit sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth, who [when he] was reviled, did not revile in return; [when] suffering, he did not threaten, but entrusted [himself] to the one who judges justly,

Matthew 26:63

But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, "I put you under oath by the living God, that you tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God!"

Mark 14:61

But he was silent and did not reply anything. Again the high priest asked him and said to him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"

Matthew 27:14

And he did not reply to him, not even with reference to one statement, so that the governor was very astonished.

Mark 15:5

But Jesus did not answer anything further, so that Pilate was astonished.

Luke 23:9

So he questioned him {at considerable length}, but he answered nothing to him.

John 19:8-9

So when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid, and he entered into the governor's residence again and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus did not give him an answer.

Matthew 12:34-37

Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say good things [when you] are evil? For from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person from his good treasury brings out good [things], and the evil person from his evil treasury brings out evil [things]. But I tell you that every worthless word that they speak, people will give an account for it on the day of judgment!read more.
For by your words you will be vindicated, and by your words you will be condemned."

Psalm 15:1-5

O Yahweh, who may reside in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right. He who speaks honestly in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue. He does not harm his friend, nor {bring up} a disgrace against his neighbor.read more.
In his eyes a rejected one [is] contemptible, but he honors those who respect Yahweh. He takes an oath to [his own] injury and does not retract it. He does not lend his money at interest, and does not take a bribe against [the] innocent. He who does these [things] will never be shaken.

Matthew 15:10-20

And summoning the crowd, he said to them, "Hear and understand: It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth--this defiles a person." Then the disciples came [and] said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended [when they] heard this saying?"read more.
And he answered [and] said, "Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. Let them! They are blind guides of the blind. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit." But Peter answered [and] said to him, "Explain this parable to us." But he said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not understand that everything that enters into the mouth goes into the stomach and is evacuated into the latrine? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these defile the person. For from the heart come evil plans, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, abusive speech. These are the things that defile a person. But eating with unwashed hands does not defile a person!"

Mark 7:14-23

And summoning the crowd again, he said to them, "Listen to me, all [of you], and understand: There is nothing outside of a person that is able to defile him [by] going into him. But the things that go out of a person are the things that defile a person." And when he entered into the house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him about the parable.read more.
And he said to them, "So are you also without understanding? Do you not understand that everything [that is] outside that goes into a person [is] not able to defile him? For it does not enter into his heart but into his stomach, and goes out into the latrine"--[thus] declaring all foods clean. And he said, "What comes out of a person, that defiles a person. For from within, from the heart of people, come evil plans, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, [acts of] greed, malicious [deeds], deceit, licentiousness, {envy}, abusive speech, pride, foolishness. All these evil [things] come from within and defile a person."

Luke 6:45

The good person out of the good treasury of his heart brings forth good, and the evil person out of [his] evil [treasury] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

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