40 Bible Verses about Using Bad Language

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 753 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 / 450 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8-10 ESV / 326 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.

Exodus 20:7 ESV / 191 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.

Psalm 34:12-14 ESV / 167 helpful votes

What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 4:24 ESV / 164 helpful votes

Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Matthew 15:11 ESV / 134 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.”

James 3:1-18 ESV / 123 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 10:11 ESV / 93 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:1 ESV / 86 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 82 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 79 helpful votes

The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 52 helpful votes

An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Proverbs 10:14 ESV / 50 helpful votes

The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 48 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 10:20 ESV / 44 helpful votes

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:32 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:21 ESV / 38 helpful votes

The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Romans 3:10-18 ESV / 36 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” ...

Titus 3:2 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

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 12:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Psalm 109:1-31 ESV / 8 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. ...

1 Peter 3:9-11 ESV / 7 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. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

Ephesians 5:6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1 Corinthians 12:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Luke 12:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

Hosea 4:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

There is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

1 Peter 4:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

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