Proverbs 10:11
     The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked

Proverbs 10:19-21
     In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
20   The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21   The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.

Proverbs 11:12
     He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his

Proverbs 12:14
     A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man's
hands will be rendered to him.

Proverbs 13:2-3
     A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
3    He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have

Proverbs 15:4
     A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 15:7
     The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so.

Proverbs 15:23
     A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

Proverbs 15:28
     The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth

Proverbs 17:27-28
     He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28   Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered

Proverbs 18:20
     A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, And from the produce of his lips
he shall be filled.

Proverbs 25:11-12
     A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12   Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.

Proverbs 29:20
     Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Matthew 12:34-37
     "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of
the heart the mouth speaks.
35   "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.
36   "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the
day of judgment.
37   "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

Matthew 15:10-11
     Then He called the multitude and said to them, "Hear and understand:
11   "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a

Matthew 15:16-20
     So Jesus said, "Are you also still without understanding?
17   "Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is
18   "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a
19   "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false
witness, blasphemies.
20   "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a

Mark 7:14-23
     And when He had called all the multitude to Him, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and
15   "There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which
come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.
16   "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!"
17   And when He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning
the parable.
18   So He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that
whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,
19   "because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all
20   And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
21   "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications,
22   "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
23   "All these evil things come from within and defile a man."

Colossians 3:8
     But now you must also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out
of your mouth.

Titus 2:8
     sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having
nothing evil to say of you.

James 3:1-12
     My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter
2    For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man,
able also to bridle the whole body.
3    Indeed, we put bits in horses mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
4    Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned
by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
5    Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little
fire kindles!
6    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it
defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
7    For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been
tamed by mankind.
8    But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9    With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the
similitude of God.
10   Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to
be so.
11   Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
12   Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring can yield
both salt water and fresh.   

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