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Proverbs: The Power of Words - Watch What You Speak

Updated on July 3, 2017

Words have power. They are more powerful than the most powerful weapons in the world, surpassing the most dangerous missiles in the world. Words kill if they are used in the wrong way. They can kill a person literally and figuratively. Literally, in the sense it may lead to the physical death of a person. Symbolically, in the sense it can kill a person’s spirit, that is, his will, expectations, desires, hope, enthusiasm and so on.

This is the reason why the Bible admonishes us to guard our lips. It advises us to be careful with our tongues. Once a word is spoken, you can never retract by erasing what you had said. Gossip is one way we use our tongues in a way that is not appropriate - an unfounded truth whereby we aid the others in spreading fiction of which it is not the truth.

Do you belittle others? Do you despise others? Do you curse others not realizing the ones you are cursing are made in the image of God as is the case with you? Do you say someone is ugly believing you’re more beautiful than the other person not realizing God loves that person the same way He loves you?


How do you treat others through the words you speak? Do you know you can kill someone’s ambition in pursuing a goal because of the words you have spoken against him/her? Do you always feel good when you speak ill of others?

Did you know verbal abuse is worse than physical and sexual abuse? Words remain ingrained in our sub-conscious mind. When negative words are spoken against us, we tend to think about them, analyze them and most often than not end up believing what others have said about us of which the words are not true. In effect, the negative words begin eating us from inside. In the end, it may lead some to commit suicide, some to believe they can never accomplish anything in life, and other effects of negative words.

Guard your lips. Watch the words you use.

The first part of the following Bible verses is from the Book of Proverbs. The next part is from other verses and the third part is on quotes from different sources. All these verses and quotes are to help you realize why you should guard your tongue just the same a security personnel guards a place against thieves and robbers.


Proverbs 17:28

The man of few words and settled mind is wise; therefore, even a fool is thought to be wise when he is silent. It pays him to keep his mouth shut.

Proverbs 17:24

Wisdom is the main pursuit of sensible men, but a fool’s goals are at the ends of the earth!

Proverbs 10:19

Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow!

Proverbs 15:1-2

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.A wise teacher makes learning a joy; a rebellious teacher spouts foolishness.

Proverbs 15:14

A wise man is hungry for truth, while the mocker feeds on trash.

Proverbs 16:24

Kind words are like honey—enjoyable and healthful.

Proverbs 18:21

Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences. Men have died for saying the wrong thing!

Proverbs 13:3

Self-control means controlling the tongue! A quick retort can ruin everything.

Proverbs 11:13

A gossip goes around spreading rumors, while a trustworthy man tries to quiet them.

Proverbs 18:2

A rebel doesn’t care about the facts. All he wants to do is yell.

Proverbs 14:23

Work brings profit; talk brings poverty

Proverbs 11:9

Evil words destroy; godly skill rebuilds

Proverbs 10:18

To hide hatred is to be a liar; to slander is to be a fool.

Proverbs 16:24

Kind words are like honey—enjoyable and healthful.


Luke 6:45

A good man produces good deeds from a good heart. And an evil man produces evil deeds from his hidden wickedness. Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech.

1 Peter 3:9

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t snap back at those who say unkind things about you. Instead, pray for God’s help for them, for we are to be kind to others, and God will bless us for it.

Mathew 18:15

If a brother sins against you, go to him privately and confront him with his fault. If he listens and confesses it, you have won back a brother.

Ecclesiastes 10:12

It is pleasant to listen to wise words, but a fool’s speech brings him to ruin. Since he begins with a foolish premise, his conclusion is sheer madness.

Mathew 13:36

Then, leaving the crowds outside, he went into the house. His disciples asked him to explain to them the illustration of the thistles and the wheat.

James 3:2

Dear brothers, don’t be too eager to tell others their faults,[a]for we all make many mistakes; and when we teachers of religion, who should know better, do wrong, our punishment will be greater than it would be for others.

If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way.

Mathew 6:7

Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

James 1:19

Dear brothers, don’t ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry;

James 5:12

But most of all, dear brothers, do not swear either by heaven or earth or anything else; just say a simple yes or no so that you will not sin and be condemned for it.

Psalms 34:13

Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from lying.

Ephesians 4:29

Don’t use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing.

Ecclesiastes 5:2-4

As you enter the Temple, keep your ears open and your mouth shut! Don’t be a fool who doesn’t even realize it is sinful to make rash promises to God, for he is in heaven and you are only here on earth, so let your words be few. Just as being too busy gives you nightmares, so being a fool makes you a blabbermouth. So when you talk to God and vow to him that you will do something, don’t delay in doing it, for God has no pleasure in fools. Keep your promise to him.

Mathew 5:11

When you are reviled and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers—wonderful!

Mathew 15:18

But evil words come from an evil heart and defile the man who says them.

Colossians 4:6

Let your conversation be gracious as well as sensible, for then you will have the right answer for everyone.

Psalms 141:3

Help me, Lord, to keep my mouth shut and my lips sealed.

Colossians 3:8

but now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language.

James 3:9-10

Sometimes it praises our heavenly Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against men who are made like God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Dear brothers, surely this is not right!

Mathew 12:37

Your words now reflect your fate then: either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.



  1. Think before you speak. Read before you think. (Fran Lebowitz)
  2. Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words. (Roy T. Bennett)
  3. A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest. (Winston S. Churchill)
  4. Be mindful when it comes to your words. a string of some that don’t mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime. (Rachel Wolchin).
  5. Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. (Pearl S. Hurd)
  6. Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there. (Joel Osteen)
  7. Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world. (Lawrence G. Lovasik)
  8. Be careful of the words you say, keep them short and sweet. You never know, from day to day, which ones you’ll have to eat. (Anonymous)


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      Charlie 6 years ago from Scotland

      All very true. Thanks. Voted up.