100 Bible Verses about The Tongue

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 683 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 / 676 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 12:18 ESV / 672 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 603 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;

James 3:8 ESV / 598 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 571 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 15:4 ESV / 533 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 528 helpful votes

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

James 3:6 ESV / 412 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.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 406 helpful votes

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

James 3:1-18 ESV / 364 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 3:5 ESV / 362 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!

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 356 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 344 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 313 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 308 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 285 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 273 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,

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 273 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 3:9 ESV / 272 helpful votes

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 254 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

James 1:19 ESV / 248 helpful votes

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

James 3:2 ESV / 237 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.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 234 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.

Matthew 15:18 ESV / 221 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 216 helpful votes

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

Psalm 39:1 ESV / 214 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.”

Leviticus 19:16 ESV / 213 helpful votes

You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.

Proverbs 15:28 ESV / 210 helpful votes

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 196 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:11 ESV / 196 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.”

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 187 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.

James 3:7-12 ESV / 183 helpful votes

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 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? ...

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 181 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:26 ESV / 180 helpful votes

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 180 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 180 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:20 ESV / 170 helpful votes

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

James 3:1 ESV / 157 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 157 helpful votes

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Proverbs 18:20-21 ESV / 157 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 6:17 ESV / 150 helpful votes

Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Luke 6:45 ESV / 149 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 19:5 ESV / 148 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:24 ESV / 147 helpful votes

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

Psalm 66:17 ESV / 147 helpful votes

I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.

Proverbs 15:1-2 ESV / 145 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.

Proverbs 10:20 ESV / 145 helpful votes

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

Psalm 12:3-4 ESV / 144 helpful votes

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

Proverbs 10:31 ESV / 143 helpful votes

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

Romans 3:13 ESV / 139 helpful votes

“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 138 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:27-28 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 133 helpful votes

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 132 helpful votes

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

James 3:1-12 ESV / 130 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 12:13-14 ESV / 130 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.

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV / 124 helpful votes

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. ...

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 122 helpful votes

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Psalm 71:24 ESV / 122 helpful votes

And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.

Proverbs 25:15 ESV / 121 helpful votes

With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.

James 3:10 ESV / 112 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 111 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:14 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning,

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 109 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 107 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

Psalm 37:30 ESV / 106 helpful votes

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

James 3:3 ESV / 103 helpful votes

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

Romans 10:9 ESV / 103 helpful votes

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

James 3:3-6 ESV / 102 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.

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 99 helpful votes

The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Romans 14:11 ESV / 98 helpful votes

For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

John 8:44 ESV / 98 helpful votes

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Proverbs 18:4 ESV / 98 helpful votes

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

Psalm 139:4 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

Titus 3:1-2 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Proverbs 11:12 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 93 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

1 John 3:18 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Psalm 120:2 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 87 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.

Proverbs 16:27 ESV / 82 helpful votes

A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

James 3:13 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

James 3:7 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Psalm 35:28 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV / 77 helpful votes

A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

James 4:1-17 ESV / 76 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 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”? ...

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 75 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.

Psalm 140:3 ESV / 74 helpful votes

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

James 3:5-12 ESV / 72 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. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. ...

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 70 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Mark 6:7 ESV / 69 helpful votes

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

Revelation 12:15 ESV / 67 helpful votes

The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood.

James 4:11 ESV / 60 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.

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 57 helpful votes

For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

1 John 1:8 ESV / 56 helpful votes

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Proverbs 16:1 ESV / 55 helpful votes

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Isaiah 57:4 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit,

1 Corinthians 14:1 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

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