31 Scriptures From Proverbs On The Tongue

31 Scriptures From Proverbs On The Tongue
31 Scriptures From Proverbs On The Tongue

31 Scriptures From Proverbs On The Tongue is a compilation of Scriptures from Proverbs I believe every believer must read, write down and learn.

We must know that we will have to give account for every idle word we ever spoke.

 “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.  But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:34-37

Therefore it is important to know what the Word of God says about the words we speak.

In my own life, I’ve been both on the giving and receiving end of the effects of careless words spoken and experienced firsthand their devastating effects.

Not only do I regret my contribution for the pain I caused others, but wish I started learning how to tame my tongue earlier in my life.

To tame the tongue as well as other aspects of sanctification is a daily learning process with the assistance of the Holy Spirit and will continue to the day we meet our Lord and Savior.

31 Scriptures From Proverbs On The Tongue is Part 1 of a two-part series on the tongue.

As you read through these Scriptures may you be encouraged and inspired to start praying and practicing and applying self-control to put a guard before your lips, either for yourselves or those you are interceding for.

31 Scriptures From Proverbs On The Tongue

1. Appropriate Answer

“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

Proverbs 15:23

2. Backbiting Tongue

“The north wind brings forth rain,
And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.” 

Proverbs 25:23

3. Burning Lips And Wickedness

“Fervent lips with a wicked heart
Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.” 

Proverbs 26:23

4. Calm Spirit And Gentle Tongue

“By patience and a calm spirit a ruler may be persuaded,
And a soft and gentle tongue breaks the bone [of resistance].” 

Proverbs 25:15

5. Concealed Malice

“”When he speaks graciously and kindly [to conceal his malice], do not trust him,
For seven abominations are in his heart.” 

Proverbs 26:25

6. Death And Life In The Tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” 

Proverbs 18:21

7. Disgust And Delight To The Lord

“Lying lips are extremely disgusting to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.”

Proverbs 12:22

8. Deceiving No Joke

“So is the man who deceives his neighbor (acquaintance, friend)
And then says, “Was I not joking?” “

Proverbs 26:19

9. Fruit Of Words

“A man will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words,
And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him [as a harvest].”

Proverbs 12:14

10. Gentle Tongue

“A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life,
But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.” 

Proverbs 15:4
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11. Godless And Righteous

“With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,  But through knowledge and discernment the righteous will be rescued.” 

Proverbs 11:9

12. Gossip And Quarrels

“For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer [who gossips], contention quiets down.” 

Proverbs 26:20

13. Guard From Trouble

“He who guards his mouth and his tongue
Guards himself from troubles.” 

Proverbs 21:23

14. Hate And Deceit

“He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
But he stores up deceit in his heart.” 

Proverbs 26:24

15. Hatred And Slander

“He who hides hatred has lying lips,
And he who spreads slander is a fool.” 

Proverbs 10:18

16. Haunting Gossip

“The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten];
They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].” 

Proverbs 26:22

17. Lies And A Flattering Mouth

“A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes,
And a flattering mouth works ruin.” 

Proverbs 26:28

18. Many Words And Silence

“When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable,
But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise.” 

Proverbs 10:19

19. Pleasant Words And Healing

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.” 

Proverbs 16:24

20. Protect Or Gossip

“He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love,
But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.”

Proverbs 17:9
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21. Quick Talkers And Fools

“Do you see a [conceited] man who speaks quickly [offering his opinions or answering without thinking]?
There is more hope for a [thickheaded] fool than for him.” 

Proverbs 29:20

22. Righteous And Fools

“The lips of the righteous feed and guide many,
But fools [who reject God and His wisdom] die for lack of understanding.” 

Proverbs 10:21

23. Righteous And Perverted

“The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.” 

Proverbs 10:31

24. Righteous And Wicked

“The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued);
The heart of the wicked is worth little.” 

Proverbs 10:20

25. Six Things The Lord Hates

“These six things the Lord hates;
Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:
A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that creates wicked plans,
Feet that run swiftly to evil,
A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths],
And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-19

26. Soft Answer

“A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath,
But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger.” 

Proverbs 15:1

27. Truthful And False Witnesses

“He who speaks truth [when he testifies] tells what is right,
But a false witness utters deceit [in court].” 

Proverbs 12:17

28. Understanding And Wisdom

“He who has knowledge restrains and is careful with his words,
And a man of understanding and wisdom has a cool spirit (self-control, an even temper).” 

Proverbs 17:27

29. Wisdom And Kindness

“She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].”  

Proverbs 31:26

30. Wisdom Of Fools

“Even a [callous, arrogant] fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips he is regarded as sensible (prudent, discreet) and a man of understanding.” 

Proverbs 17:28
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31. Wound Or Heal

“There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 12:18

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It is my sincere prayer that the Holy Spirit ministered to you while reading through these Scriptures.

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