46 Bible Verses about Talking Too Much

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 378 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 371 helpful votes

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

James 1:19 ESV / 299 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 295 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 246 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 242 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 221 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:17 ESV / 165 helpful votes

The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV / 152 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.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 147 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 145 helpful votes

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

James 3:6 ESV / 128 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 ESV / 123 helpful votes

For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 119 helpful votes

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 15:1-33 ESV / 113 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. ...

Proverbs 30:32 ESV / 91 helpful votes

If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

James 3:2-11 ESV / 86 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. 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. ...

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 80 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 77 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3-4 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Amos 5:13 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 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. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.

Ecclesiastes 5:6 ESV / 50 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 147:1-20 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. ...

Proverbs 26:4 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.

Amos 5:12-13 ESV / 32 helpful votes

For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

Psalm 39:3 ESV / 32 helpful votes

My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:

Isaiah 58:13-14 ESV / 31 helpful votes

“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

James 4:5-11 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. ...

Romans 3:13-14 ESV / 25 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.”

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 24 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 29:11 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 20 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.

John 10:10 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Proverbs 6:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Philippians 4:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Romans 7:7-25 ESV / 9 helpful votes

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. ...

Proverbs 10:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 18:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

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