100 Bible Verses about Foul Language

Ephesians 5:4 ESV / 409 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 / 310 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 / 223 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 3:8 ESV / 162 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 150 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 145 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:10-11 ESV / 100 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.”

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 90 helpful votes

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

James 3:10 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:7 ESV / 80 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.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 74 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 70 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.

Proverbs 15:4 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:12 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 44 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.

James 1:19 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 5:11 ESV / 37 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.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:45 ESV / 33 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.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 29 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;

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 25 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.

James 3:8 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:21-26 ESV / 24 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. ...

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Mark 9:47-48 ESV / 21 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.’

Ephesians 4:25-30 ESV / 20 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. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 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 5:22 ESV / 20 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.

Isaiah 6:5 ESV / 20 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!”

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:11 ESV / 18 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.”

Proverbs 6:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

James 5:12 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Romans 12:14 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Acts 2:38 ESV / 15 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 / 15 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 15 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 1:26 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Jude 1:10 ESV / 13 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.

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Luke 12:10 ESV / 13 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.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

James 2:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:33-37 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 11 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Revelation 22:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Colossians 1:1-29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, ...

Ephesians 5:3-4 ESV / 10 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.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Romans 8:31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Luke 6:28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Matthew 24:21 ESV / 10 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.

Isaiah 59:4 ESV / 10 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.

Proverbs 23:12-18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. My inmost being will exult when your lips speak what is right. ...

Psalm 39:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”

Job 20:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Job 2:10 ESV / 10 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.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

James 3:9-12 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

James 3:5 ESV / 9 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 1:20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Galatians 5:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

John 16:33 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Luke 21:33 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Matthew 25:41 ESV / 9 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 24:1-51 ESV / 9 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. ...

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Ezekiel 3:26 ESV / 9 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.

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Psalm 55:21 ESV / 9 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.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 9 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.

1 Peter 4:1-19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. ...

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV / 8 helpful votes

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. ...

Ephesians 4:30 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 8 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.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

John 3:16-17 ESV / 8 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Mark 9:45 ESV / 8 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.

Matthew 18:8 ESV / 8 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.

Nahum 3:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Job 1:22 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Exodus 22:28 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Jude 1:8 ESV / 7 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 5:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

James 3:1-18 ESV / 7 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! ...

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ecclesiastes 12:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Psalm 33:6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Leviticus 19:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

1 Peter 1:15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

James 3:5-6 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! 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.

Suggest a Verse

Enter a Verse Reference (e.g., John 3:16-17)


Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for.