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114 Bible Verses About the Tongue

Here are 114 Bible verses about the tongue from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible (King James Version), sorted from most to least relevant.

Proverbs 18:21 KJV

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

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James 1:26 KJV

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.

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Proverbs 12:18 KJV

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

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1 Peter 3:10 KJV

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:

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James 3:8 KJV

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

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Ephesians 4:29 KJV

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

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Proverbs 15:4 KJV

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

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Proverbs 21:23 KJV

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

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James 3:6 KJV

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

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Proverbs 10:19 KJV

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

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James 3:5 KJV

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

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Proverbs 15:1 KJV

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

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Psalms 141:3 KJV

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

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Psalms 34:13 KJV

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

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Proverbs 13:3 KJV

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

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Proverbs 26:20 KJV

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

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Revelation 1:1 KJV

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

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James 3:9 KJV

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

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James 1:19 KJV

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

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James 3:2 KJV

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.

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Psalms 19:14 KJV

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

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Matthew 15:18 KJV

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

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Matthew 12:36 KJV

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

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Psalms 39:1 KJV

To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.

I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

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Proverbs 15:28 KJV

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

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Leviticus 19:16 KJV

Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

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Colossians 4:6 KJV

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

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Matthew 15:11 KJV

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

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Matthew 5:22 KJV

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

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Matthew 12:37 KJV

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

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Proverbs 31:26 KJV

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

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Proverbs 17:27 KJV

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

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Proverbs 17:9 KJV

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

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Proverbs 29:20 KJV

Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

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James 3:1 KJV

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

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Proverbs 25:23 KJV

The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

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Psalms 66:17 KJV

I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

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Proverbs 6:17 KJV

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

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Luke 6:45 KJV

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

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Proverbs 10:20 KJV

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

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Proverbs 19:5 KJV

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

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Proverbs 16:24 KJV

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

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Proverbs 10:31 KJV

The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

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Romans 3:13 KJV

Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

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Colossians 3:8 KJV

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

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Proverbs 15:2 KJV

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

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Proverbs 11:13 KJV

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

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Proverbs 18:8 KJV

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

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Psalms 71:24 KJV

My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

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Proverbs 25:15 KJV

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

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James 3:10 KJV

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

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Proverbs 25:18 KJV

A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

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Philippians 2:14 KJV

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

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Proverbs 11:9 KJV

An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

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1 Peter 2:1 KJV

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

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Psalms 37:30 KJV

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

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Romans 10:9 KJV

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

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Proverbs 20:19 KJV

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

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James 3:3-6 KJV

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

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Romans 14:11 KJV

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

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James 3:3 KJV

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

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Psalms 139:4 KJV

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

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Proverbs 10:8 KJV

The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

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Proverbs 18:4 KJV

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

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1 John 3:18 KJV

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

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John 8:44 KJV

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

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Psalms 120:2 KJV

Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

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Proverbs 11:12 KJV

He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

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Proverbs 16:27 KJV

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

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James 3:13 KJV

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

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Ecclesiastes 3:7 KJV

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

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Psalms 35:28 KJV

And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

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James 3:7 KJV

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

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Matthew 12:34 KJV

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

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Psalms 140:3 KJV

They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

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Proverbs 16:28 KJV

A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

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Mark 6:7 KJV

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

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Revelation 12:15 KJV

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

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James 4:11 KJV

Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

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Proverbs 17:28 KJV

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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2 Corinthians 12:20 KJV

For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

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1 John 1:8 KJV

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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1 Corinthians 14:1 KJV

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

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Isaiah 54:17 KJV

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

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1 Corinthians 14:1-40 KJV

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.

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James 3:1-18 KJV

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 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. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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Acts 2:3 KJV

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

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Job 5:21 KJV

Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

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Job 34:3 KJV

For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

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Psalms 55:9 KJV

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

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James 3:4 KJV

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

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Isaiah 50:4 KJV

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.

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Proverbs 16:1 KJV

The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

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1 Corinthians 14:19 KJV

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

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1 Corinthians 14:22 KJV

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

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1 Corinthians 14:27 KJV

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

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Isaiah 57:4 KJV

Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,

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Psalms 64:8 KJV

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

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1 Corinthians 14:18 KJV

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

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Exodus 4:12 KJV

Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

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1 Corinthians 14:2 KJV

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

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Jeremiah 18:18 KJV

Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.

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1 Corinthians 14:9 KJV

So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

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Psalms 31:18 KJV

Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

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1 Corinthians 14:28 KJV

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

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Job 20:12 KJV

Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

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Psalms 109:2 KJV

For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

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Psalms 12:4 KJV

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

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Genesis 11:7 KJV

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

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1 Corinthians 14:14 KJV

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

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Proverbs 18:7 KJV

A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

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Job 33:2 KJV

Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

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Psalms 68:23 KJV

That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.

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Proverbs 6:24 KJV

To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

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