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Proverbs about Speaking

Updated on April 6, 2013

A while ago I categorized the entire Book of Proverbs from the Bible/Word of God. Here is one category of Proverbs that is about speaking, communication. There is so much Wisdom and depth in these. And life and death are in the power of the tongue/words/speaking (Proverbs 18), so this of utmost importance. Grace and Peace.


Proverbs 10:19,

“When words are many, transgression/sin is not lacking,

but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”


Proverbs 13:3,

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;

he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”


Proverbs 15:1,

“A soft/gentle/healing answer turns away wrath,

but a harsh word stirs up anger.”


Proverbs 15:2,

“The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,

but the mouths of fools pour out folly.”


Proverbs 15:23,

“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,

and a word in season, how good it is!”


Proverbs 15:28,

“The Heart [& Mind] of the righteous [the wise] ponders how to answer,

but the mouth of the wicked [the foolish] [just] pours out evil things [without thinking/pondering].”


Proverbs 16:1,

“The plans of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD [the] I AM.”


Proverbs 16:13,

“Righteous lips are the delight of a king,

and he loves him who speaks what is right/righteous/pleasant/straight/even/upright/pure.”


Proverbs 16:21,

“The wise of heart is called discerning,

and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”


Proverbs 16:23,

“The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious

and adds persuasiveness to his lips.”


Proverbs 16:24,

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb,

sweetness to the soul and health to the body."


Proverbs 17:27,

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,

and he who has a cool/steady/firm/bright/clear/excellent/honorable spirit is a man of understanding.”


Proverbs 17:28,

“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;

when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”


Proverbs 18:4,

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;

[but] the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.”

[“bold(ness),” “concise(ness),” “direct(ness),” “plain(ness),” “Greek “parraysia”]


Proverbs 20:15,

“There is gold and abundance of costly stones,

but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”


Proverbs 21:23,

“Whoever keeps [protects, preserves] his mouth and his tongue

keeps [protects, preserves] himself out of trouble.”


Proverbs 23:9,

“Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

for he will despise the good sense of your words.”


Proverbs 24:7,

“Wisdom is too high for a fool;

in the gate he does not open his mouth.


Proverbs 25:11,

“A word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”


Proverbs 25:15,

“With patience a ruler may be persuaded,

and a soft/gentle/healing tongue will break a bone.”


Proverbs 26:4-5,

“Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

lest you be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly,

lest he be wise in his own eyes.”


Proverbs 26:16,

"...Answer Sensibly."


Proverbs 26:17,

“Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own

is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.”


Proverbs 27:14,

“Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,

rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.”


Proverbs 29:20,

“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.”


Proverbs 18:8,

“The words of a whisperer [gossiper] are like delicious morsels;

they go down into the inner parts of the body.”


Proverbs 18:20,

“From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;

he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.”


Proverbs 18:21,

“The power of death and life are in the power of the tongue [words, spiritual & physical]

and those who love it will eat its fruits [for death or for life].”

[“these words I [Jesus] speak to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63]


Proverbs 22:11,

“He who loves purity of heart,

and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.”


Proverbs 23:16,

“My inmost being will exult and rejoice

when your lips speak what is right.”


Proverbs 26:4-5,

“Answer not a fool according to his folly,

lest you be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly,

lest he be wise in his own eyes.”


Proverbs 26:21,

“As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,

so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.”


Proverbs 26:22,

“The words of a whisperer [gossiper] are like delicious morsels;

they go down into the inner parts of the body.”


Proverbs 26:23,

“Like the glaze[a] covering an earthen vessel

are fervent lips with an evil heart.”

(a.) Proverbs 26:23 By revocalization; Hebrew: silver of dross



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    • skye2day profile image

      skye2day 

      5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Spirit and Truth I lost my first commet??!! Here goes again. I love what you have done here with the proverbs and the words we say or do not say. You have done a beautiful work for the Lord. I really enjoyed reading your hub. I have bookmarked!! It is nice to have the words of wisdom on hand. Love it thank you for taking the time to post.

      Not long ago I wrote a hub on words we speak it was not easy to put together. Anyway in that time Christ revealed much to me. I am so grateful for our never ending creator. We keep going in Him. He is so awesome and amazing Grace.

      I read your full bio tonight. Wow you knew the Lord at a young age. Wonderful. I love it when young ones come to Christ. Anyone for that matter but when young there are allot more years ahead to share the Gospel message. I enjoyed reading about your walk with Christ. Really awesome brother.

      Thanks for joining my club of fans. I am honored. I pray you and yours keep shining in the love of Christ each day. God Bless you brother. Love in Christ. Skye.

    • SPIRIT n TRUTH profile imageAUTHOR

      SPIRIT n TRUTH 

      5 years ago from Suburbs of Chicago, IL of U.S.A.

      Power of life and death are in the tongue/words (Proverbs 18)!!!

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