35 Bible Verses about Guard Your Mouth

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 18 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.

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

James 3:3-5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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!

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 11 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 / 10 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

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 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;

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

James 1:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Psalm 39:1 ESV / 7 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.”

James 3:1-18 ESV / 6 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! ...

James 1:27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Philippians 3:1-21 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; ...

Matthew 12:34-37 ESV / 6 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. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 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.”

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 140:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

Revelation 21:27 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Proverbs 23:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For he is like one who is inwardly calculating. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

James 3:3-10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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! 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. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, ...

Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

Psalm 49:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 3 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.

Romans 3:13-14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“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.”

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