100 Bible Verses about Speaking

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 62 helpful votes

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

James 1:19 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 45 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 / 34 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

James 1:26 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 16 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.

James 3:8-10 ESV / 14 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.

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:23 ESV / 11 helpful votes

A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Proverbs 10:32 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

Proverbs 12:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

Ecclesiastes 7:22 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

Proverbs 10:31 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Proverbs 10:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Psalm 119:172 ESV / 9 helpful votes

My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.

1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 8 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;

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some winged creature tell the matter.

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:6 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.

Proverbs 15:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.

Proverbs 14:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Proverbs 24:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:25 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.

Proverbs 12:17-19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Revelation 14:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

James 3:5 ESV / 6 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!

James 3:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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.

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Romans 3:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”

Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 6 helpful votes

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.

Isaiah 38:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Like a swallow or a crane I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!

Ecclesiastes 12:9-11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.

Proverbs 19:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

Proverbs 18:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.

Psalm 70:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!”

2 Peter 2:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones,

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

Titus 1:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.

Philippians 1:27 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Proverbs 31:26 ESV / 5 helpful votes

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 15:23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Genesis 1:3 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

2 Peter 2:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

(for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);

1 Peter 2:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

James 4:11 ESV / 4 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.

James 3:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

James 3:6 ESV / 4 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.

1 Corinthians 6:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 3:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

Romans 1:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Acts 23:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”

Acts 19:1-41 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John's baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 14:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.

Acts 11:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 4 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.

Matthew 12:35 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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.

Zechariah 8:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;

Zephaniah 3:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Those who are left in Israel; they shall do no injustice and speak no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

Isaiah 6:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Ecclesiastes 10:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.

Ecclesiastes 9:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

Proverbs 30:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Jude 1:8-10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.

1 Timothy 2:11-15 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Acts 10:1-48 ESV / 3 helpful votes

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Amos 5:13 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

Isaiah 32:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil; he plans wicked schemes to ruin the poor with lying words, even when the plea of the needy is right.

Isaiah 32:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.

Ecclesiastes 10:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?

Ecclesiastes 10:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:20-23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.

Proverbs 26:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 26:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

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