10+ Bible Verses About the Tongue

By lan Warner

The tongue is a vital organ in our body. We use it to taste and eat. We use it to speak. Without it, we would have a hard time living. Here are some great bible verses about the tongue and how we should use it. This fact is acknowledged by Washington Irving, who once said that “the tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.” Likewise, according to Proverbs 18:21, “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”


Indeed, the tongue is very powerful. Sticks and stones may break bones, but words are more powerful weapons that can either inspire or destroy a person. Thus, it is very important to choose our words wisely. We should also always remember that the Lord never stops speaking to us. We just need to pay attention.


The Lord speaks to us in a variety of ways – through nature, dreams, and our fellowmen. Yes, the Lord can speak to us through family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. We just have to be cautious to properly receive His message. Conversely, we should allow ourselves to be instruments of God. We should let Him speak through us.


The Lord has given us the freedom to choose what we say. We are free to speak whatever and whenever we want. However, our words can bring light or darkness, hope or despair. We can choose to either speak in fear or speak in love. Whatever we say with our tongues manifests in real life.

Bible Verses About the Tongue

The scriptures can prove this. Proverbs 21:23 says, “those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” James 3:8-12 also says, “but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt sprint produce fresh water.”


We only have one mouth and one tongue. What we say can only either be good or bad. It cannot be both. It should not be both. Just as fresh water and salt water cannot flow from the same spring, good and bad words cannot come from our mouths. It is up to us to choose between good and evil. 


Do you want to be a person who speaks of positivity or a person who speaks of negativity? If you want to please the Lord and enter His Kingdom on judgment day, you must choose the former. You have to be a person who speaks of truth, kindness, wisdom, and encouragement. Otherwise, you will not be able to live an everlasting life with God if you speak lies, curses, and negativity.


The book of Matthew says the same thing. In Matthew 12:33-34, you would learn about the consequences of being good and bad. “Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”


Similarly, Proverbs 12:18 says, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” This means that you can either hurt or heal other people with your words. If you keep saying mean things such as insults, sarcastic remarks, and other negative words, you will hurt others. They can get sad, depressed, discouraged, or uninspired. They can lose hope and faith. 

Bible Verses About the Tongue

This is not good because we have to be good to our fellowmen. God created us in His image and likeness to do good deeds and say good words. He put us in this world to serve a purpose. Hence, we should strive to help, inspire, and motivate others by giving them words of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration.


On the other hand, when we speak positive words, we heal others. When we give genuine compliments, helpful advice, and words of encouragement and support, we are able to uplift the spirits of other people. We become instruments that allow them to become the best versions of themselves. We are able to fulfill our duty to our fellowmen. We are able to please the Lord.


Psalm 141:3 says, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” God gave us free will. So, we are able to choose what we say and when we say it. However, we have to be responsible with our words. We have to know what to say and when to say it. 


For example, we should refrain from mocking or discouraging someone who is already feeling down. When someone says something hurtful towards us, we should resist answering back. We should stay cool, calm, and rational. We should wait until our anger has passed before we say anything. We should prevent ourselves from saying something negative in retaliation because doing so would only aggravate the situation. Furthermore, it would not please the Lord. We should know when to speak and what to speak.

Bible Verses About the Tongue

Even though the Bible says that no human being can tame the tongue, we should not worry because anything is possible with God. Through the Holy Spirit, our tongues can be tamed so that we may only speak words that please the Lord. We should pray for God to give us consciousness or awareness of our words.


Just as Psalm 19:14 says, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” With God, nothing is impossible. So, when we pray to Him for help and guidance, we can use our tongues properly.


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