The Tongue

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James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).

James 3:8

But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.

Proverbs 10:31

The mouths of the righteous (those harmonious with God) bring forth skillful and godly Wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut down [like a barren and rotten tree].

Proverbs 10:20

The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.

James 3:5

Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!

Psalm 139:4

For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

James 3:2

For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.

1 Corinthians 14:2

For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].

1 Corinthians 14:27

If some speak in a [strange] tongue, let the number be limited to two or at the most three, and each one [taking his] turn, and let one interpret and explain [what is said].

Isaiah 57:4

Against whom do you make sport and take your delight? Against whom do you open wide your mouth and put out your tongue? Are you not yourselves the children of transgression, the offspring of deceit -- "

Psalm 12:4

Those who say, With our tongues we prevail; our lips are our own [to command at our will] -- "who is lord and master over us?

Job 33:2

Behold, here I am with open mouth; here is my tongue talking.

James 3:4

Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.

Job 5:21

You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.

Psalm 120:2

Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.

Job 20:12

Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue,

Psalm 109:2

For the mouths of the wicked and the mouth of deceit are opened against me; they have spoken to me and against me with lying tongues.

James 3:3

If we set bits in the horses' mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about.

1 Corinthians 14:9

Just so it is with you; if you in the [unknown] tongue speak words that are not intelligible, how will anyone understand what you are saying? For you will be talking into empty space!

Psalm 39:1

I said, I will take heed and guard my ways, that I may sin not with my tongue; I will muzzle my mouth as with a bridle while the wicked are before me.

1 Corinthians 14:19

Nevertheless, in public worship, I would rather say five words with my understanding and intelligently in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a [strange] tongue (language).

Job 34:3

For the ear tries words as the palate tastes food.

Psalm 31:18

Let the lying lips be silenced, which speak insolently against the [consistently] righteous with pride and contempt.

Matthew 15:18

But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him].

Psalm 55:9

Destroy [their schemes], O Lord, confuse their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

Jeremiah 18:18

Then [my enemies] said, Come and let us devise schemes against Jeremiah; for the law [of Moses] shall not perish from the priest [as this false prophet Jeremiah predicts], nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue [making a charge against him to the king], and let us not pay any attention to his words.

Proverbs 18:7

A [self-confident] fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to himself.

1 Corinthians 14:14

For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].

Acts 2:3

And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.

James 3:10

Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.

Proverbs 6:24

To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a loose woman.

Psalm 68:23

That you may crush them, dipping your foot in blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the foe.

Genesis 11:7

Come, let Us go down and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

1 Corinthians 14:18

I thank God that I speak in [strange] tongues (languages) more than any of you or all of you put together;

Isaiah 50:4

[The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught].

Psalm 64:8

And they will be made to stumble, their own tongues turning against them; all who gaze upon them will shake their heads and flee away.

1 Corinthians 14:28

But if there is no one to do the interpreting, let each of them keep still in church and talk to himself and to God.

1 Corinthians 14:22

Thus [unknown] tongues are meant for a [supernatural] sign, not for believers but for unbelievers [on the point of believing], while prophecy (inspired preaching and teaching, interpreting the divine will and purpose) is not for unbelievers [on the point of believing] but for believers.

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Proverbs 16:27

A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).

Speech/communication » The tongue

James 3:2-12

For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature. If we set bits in the horses' mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about. Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. read more.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze! And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna). For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature). But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God's likeness! Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so. Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can a salt spring furnish fresh water.