THE USE OF LANGUAGE, ITS
PROPER APPLICATION, USE AND CONTROL,
AS DETAILED IN THE WORD OF GOD.
The mouth of the righteous is a well of
life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked
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.
He who is devoid of wisdom despises his
neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his
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.
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
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
The lips of the wise disperse
knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so.
A man has joy by the answer of his
mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
The heart of the righteous studies how
to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth
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
A man's stomach shall be satisfied from
the fruit of his mouth, And from the produce of his lips
he shall be filled.
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.
Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
"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."
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
So Jesus said, "Are you also still
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
20 "These are the things which defile a man, but to
eat with unwashed hands does not defile a
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
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."
But now you must also put off all
these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out
of your mouth.
sound speech that cannot be condemned,
that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having
nothing evil to say of you.
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
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
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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