100 Bible Verses about Guard Your Mouth

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 61 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 38 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 / 32 helpful votes

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

James 1:26 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 19 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;

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

James 3:3-5 ESV / 17 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!

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 17 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.

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

James 1:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Psalm 39:1 ESV / 15 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.”

Proverbs 4:24 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

James 3:1-18 ESV / 11 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 26:28 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:7 ESV / 10 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.

Proverbs 10:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Psalm 140:3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

James 1:27 ESV / 9 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.

Matthew 12:34-37 ESV / 9 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 29:20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Romans 3:13-14 ESV / 8 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.”

Revelation 21:27 ESV / 7 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.

Philippians 3:1-21 ESV / 7 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; ...

Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:11 ESV / 6 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 15:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Psalm 49:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 5 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,

James 3:3-10 ESV / 5 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 4:25 ESV / 5 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 12:2 ESV / 5 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.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 5 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 16:24 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

James 3:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

James 3:5 ESV / 4 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 / 4 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.

Matthew 15:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 3 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.

Matthew 4:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Micah 7:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms;

Isaiah 55:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Proverbs 18:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

Proverbs 18:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Revelation 21:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

1 John 4:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

James 3:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

James 2:19 ESV / 2 helpful votes

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

James 1:19-20 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Hebrews 13:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 2 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.

Ephesians 6:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Ephesians 4:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

John 16:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Luke 6:43-45 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 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.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Mark 7:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,

Matthew 21:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 2 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.”

Matthew 7:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Jeremiah 1:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.

Proverbs 30:32-33 ESV / 2 helpful votes

If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.

Proverbs 23:26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

Proverbs 18:20-21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 12:13-14 ESV / 2 helpful votes

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble. From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.

Proverbs 12:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Proverbs 10:31 ESV / 2 helpful votes

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

Psalm 73:26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 51:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Job 23:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

Joshua 1:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

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