Every Idle Word
I talk too much. I speak too many idle words. My mouth gets going and too often leaves my brain behind. How about you? Some of the individuals I admire the most are those who use their words sparingly. I wish I was more like them. The Bible also speaks of the power of words and instructively of evil words, harmful words, false words, hasty words, destructive words, angry words, excessive words, foolish words, etc.
Matthew 12:36: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Psalms 34:13: Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalms 106:32: They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: 33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
Psalms 141:3: Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Proverbs 4:24: Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Proverbs 8:13: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 10:19: In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Proverbs 15:23: A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Proverbs 18:13: He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Proverbs 18:21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 25:11: A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Ecclesiastes 5:3: For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool*s voice is known by multitude of words.
Isaiah 50:4: The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Matthew 12:37: For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
James 1:26: If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man*s religion is vain.
James 3:2: For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
1 Peter 2:1: Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1 Peter 3:10: For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Jeremiah 20:9: Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Psalms 39:3: My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,