'Speech' in the Bible
Come, let Us go down and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue.
But Moses said to the Lord, Behold, [my own people] the Israelites have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh give heed to me, who am of deficient and impeded speech?
But Moses said to the Lord, Behold, I am of deficient and impeded speech; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me?
In all I have said to you take heed; do not mention the name of other gods [either in blessing or cursing]; do not let such speech be heard from your mouth.
And the Lord put a speech in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak and thus shall you speak.
Balaam took up his [figurative] speech and said: Balak, the king of Moab, has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse Jacob for me; and come, violently denounce Israel.
And the Lord met Balaam and put a speech in his mouth, and said, Go again to Balak and speak thus.
And he took up his [prophetic] speech, and said: Alas, who shall live when God does this and establishes [Assyria]?
My message shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the light rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb.
One of the young men said, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who plays skillfully, a valiant man, a man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him.
And muster yourself an army like the army you have lost, horse for horse and chariot for chariot. And we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he heeded their speech and did so.
And their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak the Hebrew, but in the language of each people.
How forcible are words of straightforward speech! But what does your arguing argue and prove or your reproof reprove?
He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment and discretion of the aged.
Listen diligently to my speech, and let my declaration be in your ears.
Are God's consolations [as we have interpreted them to you] too trivial for you? Is there any secret thing (any bosom sin) which you have not given up? [Or] were we too gentle [in our first speech] toward you to be effective?
Hear diligently my speech, and let this [your attention] be your consolation [given me].
And if this is not so, who will prove me a liar and make my speech worthless?
After I spoke, they did not speak again, and my speech dropped upon them [like a refreshing shower].
I have called upon You, O God, for You will hear me; incline Your ear to me and hear my speech.
Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.
There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard.
This He ordained in Joseph [the savior] for a testimony when He went out over the land of Egypt. The speech of One Whom I knew not did I hear [saying],
That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.
Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth.
The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.
The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
Fine or arrogant speech does not befit [an empty-headed] fool -- "much less do lying lips befit a prince.
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.
He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech -- "because of the grace of his lips will he have the king for his friend.
By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! [she cries. Then, realizing that Solomon has arrived and has heard her speech, she turns to him and adds] For your love is better than wine!
His voice and speech are exceedingly sweet; yes, he is altogether lovely [the whole of him delights and is precious]. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!
For Jerusalem is ruined and Judah is fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory and defy His glorious presence.
And you shall be laid low [Jerusalem], speaking from beneath the ground, and your speech shall come humbly from the dust. And your voice shall be like that of a ghost [produced by a medium] coming from the earth, and your speech shall whisper and squeak as it chatters from the dust.
You will see no more the fierce and insolent people, a people of a speech too deep and obscure to be comprehended, of a strange and stammering tongue that you cannot understand.
Peace, peace, to him who is far off [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near! says the Lord; I create the fruit of his lips, and I will heal him [make his lips blossom anew with speech in thankful praise].
For you are not sent to a people of a foreign speech and of a difficult language but to the house of Israel;
Not to many peoples of foreign speech and of a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to such people, they would have listened to you and heeded My words.
For then [changing their impure language] I will give to the people a clear and pure speech from pure lips, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one unanimous consent and one united shoulder [bearing the yoke of the Lord].
For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech.
But they sent some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians to Him for the purpose of entrapping Him in His speech.
I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).
His disciples said, Ah, now You are speaking plainly to us and not in parables (veiled language and figures of speech)!
So Moses was educated in all the wisdom and culture of the Egyptians, and he was mighty (powerful) in his speech and deeds.
They called Barnabas Zeus, and they called Paul, because he led in the discourse, Hermes [god of speech].
For you have brought these men here, who are [guilty of] neither temple robberies nor blasphemous speech about our goddess.
For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites and base desires, and by ingratiating and flattering speech, they beguile the hearts of the unsuspecting and simpleminded [people].
[So] that in Him in every respect you were enriched, in full power and readiness of speech [to speak of your faith] and complete knowledge and illumination [to give you full insight into its meaning].
But if I do not know the force and significance of the speech (language), I shall seem to be a foreigner to the one who speaks [to me], and the speaker who addresses [me] will seem a foreigner to me.
As surely as God is trustworthy and faithful and means what He says, our speech and message to you have not been Yes [that might mean] No.
For they say, His letters are weighty and impressive and forceful and telling, but his personality and bodily presence are weak, and his speech and delivery are utterly contemptible (of no account).
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear it.
This is in keeping with my own eager desire and persistent expectation and hope, that I shall not disgrace myself nor be put to shame in anything; but that with the utmost freedom of speech and unfailing courage, now as always heretofore, Christ (the Messiah) will be magnified and get glory and praise in this body of mine and be boldly exalted in my person, whether through (by) life or through (by) death.
I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and persuasive and attractive arguments and beguiling speech.
Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].
Let no one despise or think less of you because of your youth, but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
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.
Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).
And the beast was given the power of speech, uttering boastful and blasphemous words, and he was given freedom to exert his authority and to exercise his will during forty-two months (three and a half years).