100 Bible Verses about Power Of Words

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 1,286 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 847 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.

Matthew 15:18 ESV / 698 helpful votes

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 677 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 539 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:24 ESV / 480 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 350 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 349 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 328 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 319 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 314 helpful votes

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

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 271 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.

James 1:26 ESV / 267 helpful votes

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

James 3:1-12 ESV / 232 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 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!

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 219 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 201 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 178 helpful votes

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 165 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:45 ESV / 159 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.

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 139 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 138 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:14 ESV / 133 helpful votes

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

John 1:1 ESV / 131 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 121 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:23-24 ESV / 119 helpful votes

The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 11:12 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

Proverbs 27:2 ESV / 108 helpful votes

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 104 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 104 helpful votes

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

John 8:31-32 ESV / 92 helpful votes

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 90 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.

Isaiah 54:17 ESV / 84 helpful votes

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

Proverbs 18:20 ESV / 84 helpful votes

From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

Romans 10:8 ESV / 82 helpful votes

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);

James 3:6 ESV / 77 helpful votes

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

James 3:8 ESV / 69 helpful votes

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

James 1:22-27 ESV / 67 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 66 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 65 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.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

John 8:31 ESV / 60 helpful votes

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 56 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 6:2 ESV / 51 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Ephesians 5:3-4 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Isaiah 44:1-28 ESV / 45 helpful votes

“But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen! Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. This one will say, ‘I am the Lord's,’ another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord's,’ and name himself by the name of Israel.”

John 1:14 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Psalm 118:17 ESV / 38 helpful votes

I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

Mark 11:22-24 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Psalm 109:1-31 ESV / 36 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Be not silent, O God of my praise! For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Matthew 4:4 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Proverbs 12:19 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Exodus 20:1-26 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

Genesis 15:1-21 ESV / 33 helpful votes

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Proverbs 14:1 ESV / 32 helpful votes

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

2 John 1:1-13 ESV / 31 helpful votes

The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.

Romans 10:17 ESV / 31 helpful votes

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

John 10:10 ESV / 31 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 6:63 ESV / 31 helpful votes

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Proverbs 15:23 ESV / 31 helpful votes

To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

John 1:1-3 ESV / 30 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Ecclesiastes 7:20-22 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. 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 25:25 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 30 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

John 3:16 ESV / 29 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.

Luke 11:28 ESV / 29 helpful votes

But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Leviticus 5:4 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Or if anyone utters with his lips a rash oath to do evil or to do good, any sort of rash oath that people swear, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it, and he realizes his guilt in any of these;

Acts 1:8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

John 8:47 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Leviticus 19:16-17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.

1 John 1:8 ESV / 27 helpful votes

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Acts 4:31 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Ezekiel 13:8 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God.

John 3:34 ESV / 26 helpful votes

For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.

1 Corinthians 4:20 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

Jeremiah 17:1-27 ESV / 25 helpful votes

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars, while their children remember their altars and their Asherim, beside every green tree and on the high hills, on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.” Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:17 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

Romans 8:3-4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

John 12:49-50 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 23 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Acts 18:11 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

Acts 13:46 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

Ephesians 5:25-26 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Acts 20:32 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Luke 8:21 ESV / 22 helpful votes

But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

1 Kings 3:12 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.

Deuteronomy 6:1-25 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Hebrews 3:1 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

Isaiah 48:1-22 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the Lord and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right. For they call themselves after the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; the Lord of hosts is his name. “The former things I declared of old; they went out from my mouth, and I announced them; then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass, I declared them to you from of old, before they came to pass I announced them to you, lest you should say, ‘My idol did them, my carved image and my metal image commanded them.’

Matthew 22:1-46 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,

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