All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue —
those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us —who is lord over us?"
I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked."
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
If I speak in the tongues "of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.
My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.
The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Or 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.
5 Likewise, 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.
6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.
6 The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
9 That is why it was called Babel "—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.