As we all know it, our tongue plays an important role in our physical live. It serves as a sense of taste that can enrich human experiences in absorbing information about things that we put in our mouth.
Beside that, our tongue also plays an important role in our spiritual live. Let’s take a look at the following Bible verses to learn and to remind us of what the scripture say about our tongue, the impact of tongue in life, and how we can all best use and tame our tongue in our life.
These verses are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version and derived from the original context. For better understanding of each verse you may need to read the whole chapter respectively.
- Deuteronomy 18:15
The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.
- Deuteronomy 18:18
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.
- 2 Samuel 23:2
“The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
- Job 5:21
You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes.
- Job 12:11
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?
- Job 15:5
Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
- Job 20:12
“Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
- Job 27:4
my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.
- Job 29:10
the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
- Psalm 5:9
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.
- Psalm 12:3-4
3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue 4 that says, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips —who is our master?”
- Psalm 15:3
and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,
- Psalm 16:9
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
- Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
- Psalm 23:1-6
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
- Psalm 31:20
In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.
- Psalm 34:13
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
- Psalm 35:28
My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.
- Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
- Psalm 39:1
I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.”
- Psalm 45:1
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
- Psalm 50:19
You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.
- Psalm 52:2
Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit.
- Psalm 52:4
You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue!
- Psalm 64:3
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.
- Psalm 91:1-16
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
- Psalm 110:1
The LORD says to my Lord: ”Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
- Psalm 139:4
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
- Psalm 140:3
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips. Selah
- Proverbs 6:16-19
16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
- Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
- Proverbs 10:20
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
- Proverbs 10:31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.
- Proverbs 11:12
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
- Proverbs 12:18
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
- Proverbs 12:19
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
- Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
- Proverbs 15:4
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
- Proverbs 17:28
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
- Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
- Proverbs 19:5
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
- Proverbs 21:6
A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
- Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
- Proverbs 25:18
Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
- Proverbs 25:15
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
- Proverbs 25:23
As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
- Proverbs 26:28
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
- Proverbs 28:23
He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.
- Isaiah 3:16-24
The Lord said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet, therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents; the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; …
- Matthew 5:22
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
- Matthew 5:33-37
33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
- Matthew 12:36-37
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
- Luke 1:35
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God
- Luke 4:16-21
16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
- John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- John 3:18-19
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
- Acts 2:38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
- Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
- 2 Timothy 3:15
and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
- 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
- Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
- James 1:26
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
- James 3:1-18
1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Two Kinds of Wisdom
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
- James 3:8
but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
- 1 Peter 3:10
For, ”Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
- 1 Peter 2:1
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
- 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- Revelation 21:8
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”