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50 Speech (Word) Quotes from the Bible and Christian Authors
Be careful what you text.
Because of the privacy which media talk offers, it easy to forego the principles of propriety which are expected in Christian talk. Whether we text, whisper or shout, our words have the same potential to benefit or harm the hearer(s).
We need to be reminded often of the importance and consequences of our words, public and private. We not only affect others by what we say, we also inspire or inhibit ourselves.
To help us focus on wholesome and enriching speech, here are fifty speech (word) quotes from the Bible and from a few Christian writers.
Scripture quotes are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.
13 Quotes from the Book of Proverbs
1. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. (4: 24)
2. Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut (10:19).
3. Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing (12:18).
4. Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed (12:19).
5. A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe (14:3).
6. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. (16: 23).
7. Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (16:24).
8. A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered (17:27).
9. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (18: 21).
10. Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend (22:11).
11. Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones (25: 15).
12. People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you (26:24).
13. There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking (29: 20).
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing . . . (Psalm 19:14)
12 Quotes from Other Old Testament Books
1. You must not testify falsely against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16).
2. Honest words can be painful, but what do your criticisms amount to? (Job 6:25)
3. The ear tests the words it hears just as the mouth distinguishes between foods (Job 12:11).
4. The wise don’t engage in empty chatter. What good are such words? (Job 15:3)
5. As long as I live, while I have breath from God, my lips will speak no evil, and my tongue will speak no lies (Job 27: 3, 4).
6. Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? . . . Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends (Psalm 15: 1, 3).
7. Keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! (Psalm 34:13)
8. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
9. A time to be quiet and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7).
10. Don’t let your mouth make you sin . . . Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead (Ecclesiastes 5: 6.7)
11. The more words you speak, the less they mean. So what good are they? (Ecclesiastes 6:11)
12. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly (Isaiah 58:13).
"Words ... will either acquit you or condemn you" (Matthew 12:37).
13 Quotes from the New Testament
1. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you (Matthew 10: 19, 20).
2. You must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak (Matthew 12: 26).
3. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you (Matthew 12:37).
4. Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. (Matthew 15:17, 18).
5. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space (1 Corinthians 14:9).
6. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29).
7. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you (Ephesians 5:4).
8. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone (Colossians 4:6).
9. Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior (2 Timothy 2: 16).
10. The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire (James 3:5).
11. Don’t speak evil against each other (James 4:11).
12. Get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech (1 Peter 2:1 NLT).
13. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you (1 Peter 4:11).
"You cannot be too careful of what you say." -- Ellen White
12 Quotes from Christian Writers
1. We will experience regret when we do not weigh our words before we give them life (Lisa Bevere).
2. When you speak declarations of love and covenant with God, you strengthen the bonds between you (Lisa Bevere).
3. One half the troubles in this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough (Josh Billings).
4. Profane swearing never did any man any good. . . It is disgusting to the refined, abominable to the good, insulting to those with whom we associate, degrading to the mind, unprofitable, needless, and injurious to society (Martin Luther King Jr.).
5. Seven percent of spoken communication is comprehended from the words that are actually spoken; thirty-eight percent is comprehended in the tone of voice; fifty-five percent is comprehended from one’s facial expressions and body language. - Dr. Albert Mehrabian
6. Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are, and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is! (Joel Osteen)
7. You can change your world by changing your words (Joel Osteen).
8. The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticisms (Norman Vincent Peale).
9. The most precious things in speech are the pauses (Sir Ralph Richardson).
10. Knowledge will be of little advantage to us unless we cultivate the talent of speech (Ellen White).
11. Words that are worth speaking at all are worth speaking in a clear, distinct voice, with emphasis and expression (Ellen White).
12. You cannot be too careful of what you say, for the words you utter show what power is controlling your mind and heart (Ellen White).
© 2012 Dora Weithers