57 Bible Verses about Foul Language

Ephesians 5:4 ESV / 196 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 171 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.

Colossians 3:8-10 ESV / 126 helpful votes

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 92 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 76 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 70 helpful votes

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 15:10-11 ESV / 48 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.”

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 32 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.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:7 ESV / 27 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.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:12 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

James 3:10 ESV / 20 helpful votes

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Deuteronomy 5:11 ESV / 17 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.

James 1:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Mark 9:47-48 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 8 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.

Matthew 18:8 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.

Matthew 5:21-26 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Luke 21:33 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

James 2:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

James 1:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Luke 6:45 ESV / 5 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 9:45 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

Proverbs 6:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

If you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth,

Psalm 55:21 ESV / 5 helpful votes

His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Job 20:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue,

Job 2:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Exodus 22:28 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.

Jude 1:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.

Jude 1:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

James 3:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

James 3:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

Nahum 3:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder— no end to the prey!

Ezekiel 13:22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Because you have disheartened the righteous falsely, although I have not grieved him, and you have encouraged the wicked, that he should not turn from his evil way to save his life,

Ezekiel 3:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute and unable to reprove them, for they are a rebellious house.

Isaiah 59:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes

No one enters suit justly; no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.

Ecclesiastes 12:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 4 helpful votes

A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Proverbs 19:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

Job 1:22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Revelation 22:15 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

James 1:1-27 ESV / 3 helpful votes

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 1:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Matthew 25:41 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 24:51 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 24:21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.

Matthew 24:1-51 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.

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