26 Bible Verses about Cursing

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 225 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.

Ephesians 5:4 ESV / 205 helpful votes

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

James 3:8-10 ESV / 129 helpful votes

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

James 1:26 ESV / 103 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 93 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:28 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Matthew 15:18-20 ESV / 54 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. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Exodus 20:7 ESV / 52 helpful votes

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Romans 12:14 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Matthew 15:11 ESV / 45 helpful votes

It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Matthew 15:10-11 ESV / 42 helpful votes

And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

2 Kings 2:23-24 ESV / 20 helpful votes

He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

Psalm 109:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones!

Psalm 109:17 ESV / 15 helpful votes

He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!

Proverbs 26:2 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.

Numbers 23:8 ESV / 11 helpful votes

How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?

Leviticus 24:15 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

Leviticus 20:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

Leviticus 19:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

2 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Leviticus 20:1-27 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.

Proverbs 23:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For he is like one who is inwardly calculating. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

Malachi 3:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.

Proverbs 28:27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

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