100 Bible Verses about Communication

James 1:19 ESV / 336 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 238 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.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 229 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 131 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 113 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 112 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 107 helpful votes

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

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 96 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.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 84 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.

Proverbs 16:23 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:17 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 1:9 ESV / 65 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.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:18-19 ESV / 55 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 18:21 ESV / 51 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 44 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 18:20-21 ESV / 43 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.

Proverbs 18:17 ESV / 43 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 34 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; ...

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

3 John 1:13-14 ESV / 30 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.

Amos 3:7 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 29 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.

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 ESV / 26 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.

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 24 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.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:2-5 ESV / 23 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.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Deuteronomy 4:32 ESV / 19 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.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Matthew 7:26 ESV / 17 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.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

James 1:22 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

James 1:12-20 ESV / 14 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. ...

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Proverbs 20:3 ESV / 14 helpful votes

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 10:29 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

James 1:26 ESV / 12 helpful votes

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 12 helpful votes

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 12 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.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 12 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Psalm 19:7-14 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. ...

Colossians 3:19 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

John 8:44 ESV / 11 helpful votes

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Mark 10:9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Psalm 37:30 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

1 Peter 2:21-23 ESV / 10 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.

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

James 1:19-20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Romans 14:19 ESV / 9 helpful votes

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Proverbs 16:24 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

1 John 4:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

James 4:11-12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

James 3:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Hebrews 10:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Hebrews 3:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Philippians 2:3-4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Ephesians 5:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Romans 1:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Acts 17:1-34 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. ...

Acts 4:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

John 15:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

John 14:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Mark 11:25 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Lamentations 4:1-22 ESV / 8 helpful votes

How the gold has grown dim, how the pure gold is changed! The holy stones lie scattered at the head of every street. The precious sons of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold, how they are regarded as earthen pots, the work of a potter's hands! Even jackals offer the breast; they nurse their young, but the daughter of my people has become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. The tongue of the nursing infant sticks to the roof of its mouth for thirst; the children beg for food, but no one gives to them. Those who once feasted on delicacies perish in the streets; those who were brought up in purple embrace ash heaps. ...

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Song of Solomon 2:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

James 1:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 5:16 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 3:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Ephesians 5:26 ESV / 6 helpful votes

That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

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