48 Bible Verses about Using Bad Language

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 610 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 / 370 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:11 ESV / 287 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.”

Colossians 3:8-10 ESV / 274 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 / 155 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 / 137 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 / 122 helpful votes

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

James 3:1-18 ESV / 95 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!

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 90 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.

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 71 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:11 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:1 ESV / 62 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 / 54 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 48 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:45 ESV / 36 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:20 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:14 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:32 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV / 29 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 / 27 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:22 ESV / 25 helpful votes

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Romans 3:10-18 ESV / 24 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.”

Proverbs 16:23 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

James 3:6 ESV / 23 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 4:11 ESV / 21 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.

Psalm 145:16-21 ESV / 20 helpful votes

You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Ecclesiastes 5:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?

Psalm 10:4-11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.” His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

James 1:26 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Psalm 109:17-19 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him! He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones! May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day!

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 12 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.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 11 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 John 5:5-9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Abstain from every form of evil.

Psalm 10:10-15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.” Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

1 Corinthians 14:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,

Genesis 1:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

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