How can I use Scripture to help tame my tongue?
The following Bible verses are a few of many that address the power of words and your responsibility for what you speak. Memorizing and meditating on these Scriptures and others can help you remember to speak with wisdom and discretion.
- “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction” (Proverbs 13:3).
- “Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him” (Proverbs 29:20).
- “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him” (Proverbs 18:13).
- “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).
- “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).
- “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” (Proverbs 15:23).
- “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23).
- “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. . . . A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit” (Proverbs 15:1, 4).
- “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding” (Proverbs 17:28).
- “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly” (Proverbs 18:8).
- “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (I Peter 3:10).
- “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain” (James 1:26).
This material is adapted from pages 49–50 of the Training Faithful Men Resource Manual.