The Tongue

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James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

James 3:8

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Proverbs 10:31

The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the perverse tongue shall be cut out.

Proverbs 10:20

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

1 Corinthians 14:2

For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; but in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

1 Corinthians 14:27

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that in turn; and let one interpret.

Isaiah 57:4

Against whom do you make sport? against whom do you open your mouth wide, and stick out the tongue? are you not children of transgression, offspring of falsehood,

Psalm 12:4

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

Job 33:2

Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth.

James 3:4

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven by fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

Job 5:21

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

Psalm 120:2

Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

Job 20:12

Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

Psalm 109:2

For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

James 3:3

Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

1 Corinthians 14:9

So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for you shall speak into the air.

Psalm 39:1

[To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.] I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked are before me.

1 Corinthians 14:19

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Job 34:3

For the ear tests words, as the mouth tastes food.

Psalm 31:18

Let the lying lips be put to silence; who speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Matthew 15:18

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Jeremiah 18:18

Then said they, Come, and let us devise plots against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.

Proverbs 18:7

A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

1 Corinthians 14:14

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

James 3:10

Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Proverbs 6:24

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

Psalm 68:23

That your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies, and the tongue of your dogs in the same.

Genesis 11:7

Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Psalm 64:8

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

1 Corinthians 14:28

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

1 Corinthians 14:22

Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them that believe.

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James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

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James 3:2-12

For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven by fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires. read more.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With this bless we God, even the Father; and with this curse we men, who are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.