30 Important Bible Verses About Holding Your Tongue

Proverbs 10:19 – The Power of Holding Your Tongue

“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”

Proverbs 17:27-28 – Wisdom and Understanding Come from Holding Your Tongue

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”

Proverbs 21:23 – Holding Your Tongue Preserves Your Soul

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”

Proverbs 29:11 – Holding Your Tongue Can Lead to Peace

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”

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Ecclesiastes 5:2 – Holding Your Tongue Before God

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.”

Matthew 5:37 – Let Your Yes Be Yes and Your No Be No

“Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”

Matthew 12:36-37 – Holding Your Tongue and Being Accountable

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.”

Matthew 15:11 – Holding Your Tongue Guards Your Heart

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Matthew 15:18 – Holding Your Tongue and the Condition of Your Heart

“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.”

Mark 7:20-23 – Holding Your Tongue and the Evil Within

“And he said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.'”

Luke 6:45 – Holding Your Tongue Reveals What is in Your Heart

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Ephesians 4:29 – Holding Your Tongue and Edifying Speech

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

James 1:19 – Holding Your Tongue and Being Slow to Speak

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

James 1:26 – Holding Your Tongue and Deceiving Yourself

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”

James 3:1-12 – The Power and Danger of the Tongue

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also, the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it, we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and saltwater? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

1 Peter 3:10 – Holding Your Tongue and Seeking Peace

“For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

Proverbs 18:21 – Life and Death are in the Power of the Tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

Psalms 34:13 – Holding Your Tongue and Turning from Evil

“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.”

Proverbs 12:18 – Holding Your Tongue and Speaking Healing Words

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 13:3 – Holding Your Tongue Guards against Ruin

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

Proverbs 15:1 – Holding Your Tongue Can Turn Away Anger

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Proverbs 16:24 – Holding Your Tongue and Speaking Pleasant Words

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

Proverbs 17:9 – Holding Your Tongue and Covering Offenses

“Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”

Proverbs 18:6 – Holding Your Tongue and Avoiding Strife

“A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.”

Proverbs 18:7 – Holding Your Tongue and Creating Space for Grace

“A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.”

Proverbs 21:23 – Holding Your Tongue and Living in Safety

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”

Proverbs 26:20 – Holding Your Tongue Can Cease Strife

“For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.”

Proverbs 29:11 – Holding Your Tongue and Being Slow to Anger

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”

Proverbs 31:26 – Holding Your Tongue and Speaking with Kindness

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

Matthew 12:36 – Holding Your Tongue and Being Accountable for Words

“I tell you, on the day of judgment, people will give account for every careless word they speak.”

Matthew 15:18-19 – Holding Your Tongue and Guarding Your Heart

“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”

Matthew 15:11 – Holding Your Tongue and True Defilement

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Matthew 15:18 – Holding Your Tongue and the Condition of Your Heart

“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.”

Matthew 15:28 – Holding Your Tongue and Exercising Faith

“Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.”

Luke 6:45 – Holding Your Tongue and Revealing the Heart

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Luke 12:2-3 – Holding Your Tongue and the Exposure of Secrets

“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”

James 3:1-12 – Holding Your Tongue and the Power of Words

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also, the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it, we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and saltwater? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

1 Peter 2:1 – Holding Your Tongue and Putting Away Malice

“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.”

1 Peter 3:10 – Holding Your Tongue and Seeking Peace

“For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

Proverbs 11:12 – Holding Your Tongue and Acting Wisely

“Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.”

Proverbs 12:16 – Holding Your Tongue and Overlooking Insults

“The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.”

Proverbs 13:3 – Holding Your Tongue Guards against Ruin

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

Proverbs 15:1 – Holding Your Tongue Can Turn Away Anger

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Proverbs 15:28 – Holding Your Tongue and Seeking Wisdom

“The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.”

Proverbs 16:21 – Holding Your Tongue and Having a Wise Heart

“The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”

Proverbs 17:14 – Holding Your Tongue and Avoiding Quarrels

“The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.”

Proverbs 24:28 – Holding Your Tongue and Not Bearing False Witness

“Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.”

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