The Tongue

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James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna.

James 3:8

But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Proverbs 10:31

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Proverbs 10:20

The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth.

1 Corinthians 14:2

For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.

1 Corinthians 14:27

If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret.

Isaiah 57:4

Against whom do you sport yourselves? Against whom do you make a wide mouth, and stick out your tongue? Aren't you children of disobedience, a seed of falsehood,

Psalm 12:4

who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips are our own. Who is lord over us?"

Job 33:2

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

James 3:4

Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

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 my soul, Yahweh, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Job 20:12

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

Psalm 109:2

for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me. They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.

James 3:3

Indeed, we put bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, and we guide their whole body.

1 Corinthians 14:9

So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air.

1 Corinthians 14:19

However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.

Job 34:3

For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes food.

Matthew 15:18

But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.

Jeremiah 18:18

Then they said, Come, and let us devise devices 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 strike 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 a snare to his soul.

1 Corinthians 14:14

For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

James 3:10

Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Proverbs 6:24

to keep you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the wayward wife's tongue.

Psalm 68:23

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

Genesis 11:7

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

Psalm 64:8

Their own tongues shall ruin them. All who see them will shake their heads.

1 Corinthians 14:28

But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God.

1 Corinthians 14:22

Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe.

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James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna.

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James 3:2-12

For in many things we all stumble. If anyone doesn't stumble in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. Indeed, we put bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, and we guide their whole body. Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires. read more.
So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest! And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna. For every kind of animal, bird, creeping thing, and thing in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind. But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God. Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh water.