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Bible Verses on the Tongue

Updated on November 27, 2018

Communicating with people is necessary in having successful relationships or any type of success in life. Why do we need bible verses on the tongue? Because our words are how we communicate to others. We live in world where negativity, gossiping, cursing, lying, swearing breeds possibly in the atmosphere we live, work or in public places we go to. Our words can either bring hurt, corrupt others or bring comfort, relief and hope. The Word of God has a lot to say about our tongues, our words, in what we should speak to others and what we should not speak to others. Let's take a look.


These bible verses gives us the heads up, about what our tongues are used for. It can be destructive as well as deceitful.

The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. (Psalm 52:2)

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. (Psalm 55:21)

How long will you imagine mischief against a man? you shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall you be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. (Psalm 62:3-4)

Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever enter in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (Matthew 15:17-18)

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles! (James 3:5)

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (James 3:6)

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8)


It is amazing that the Bible shows what is appropriate in our speech, when it comes to how we relate to God and to others.

And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in thine heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when thou lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long. (Psalm 35:28)

The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment. (Psalm 37:30)

My tongue also shall talk of your righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt. (Psalm 71:24)

I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember your wonders of old.I will meditate also of all your work, and talk of your doings. (Psalm 77:11-12)

Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of your wondrous works. (Psalm 119:27)

My tongue shall speak of your word: for all your commandments are righteousness. (Psalm 119:172)

All thy works shall praise you, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless you.They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk of your power;12To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. (Psalm 145:10-12)

For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. (Proverbs 8:7)

The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. (Proverbs 10:31)

The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens mine ear to hear as the learned. (Isaiah 50:4)

How great it is that God can use our tongues to speak strength and life to the people who are weary and heavy burdened.

What Not to Speak

These Verses shows us in the manner and attitude we are not to speak.

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. (I Samuel 2:3)

We should not speak evil things about our christian brother, about our siblings, relatives, neighbors etc. What does God consider evil? According to the Hebrew, Evil means wickedness, adversity, distress, misery, hurtful, Judging words, accusing words, mischievous, trouble, sorrow etc. Always ask God for help to uphold his way of doing things.

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. (Psalm 34:13)

You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. (Psalm 50:19)

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)

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)

God’s Requirement for the Tongue

This is a great verse from the Psalm that we can sin with our tongue and instructions were given to take a watchful guard to keep our mouths pure, especially in the midst of evil people.

I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. (Psalm 39:1)

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)

Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (II Timothy 4:2)

What we view as religious without taming our tongues and his work for God is futile.

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain. (James 1:26)

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Hebrews 13:15)

In this verse, we should always be prepared to use our Tongues to give others a reason for having Christ in our lives.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (II Peter 3:15)

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:6)


The first 6 bible verses are used to pray for ourselves in reference to our tongues and mouth. We need to search ourselves and our tongues to see line if we are becoming more like Christ or more like the world.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

O Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth your praise. (Psalm 51:15)

Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)

Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. (Psalm 102:2)

Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments. (Psalm 119:108)

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)

This is one prayer to pray for the people who sin against you with their tongues night and day.

For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God rules in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. (Psalm 59:12-13)

Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: (

© 2018 Pennington


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    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago

      Thank you Dora. I appreciate your feedback.

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      22 months ago

      Thank you for your comment, James. I appreciate your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very important topic. Great quotes from the Bible and otherwise. Beautiful presentation.

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      James C Moore 

      22 months ago from The Great Midwest

      Good overview of biblical commentary concerning the tongue. The book of James says in the 3rd chapter (as you referred to) that we can control large vehicles like ships and reign in wild beast but we can't tame the tongue. Today, with our technology we need to tame the tongue's modern day extension, the fingers used to tap send on our various computer devices.


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