40 Bible Verses about Communication

James 1:19 ESV / 205 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 142 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 138 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 98 helpful votes

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 92 helpful votes

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 75 helpful votes

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 64 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 16:23 ESV / 58 helpful votes

The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 51 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Proverbs 13:17 ESV / 45 helpful votes

A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 42 helpful votes

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Jeremiah 1:9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.

Matthew 15:18-19 ESV / 36 helpful votes

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 34 helpful votes

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 26 helpful votes

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 18:20-21 ESV / 25 helpful votes

From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 21 helpful votes

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

3 John 1:13-14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 6:2-5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

If you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Proverbs 18:17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Amos 3:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 14 helpful votes

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

James 1:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Matthew 7:26 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Proverbs 10:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.

Deuteronomy 4:32 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

1 Peter 2:21-23 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

James 1:12-20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. ...

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