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Key Verse

  • For we all stumble and sin in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says [never saying the wrong thing], he is a perfect man [fully developed in character, without serious flaws], able to bridle his whole body and rein in his entire nature [taming his human faults and weaknesses]. James 3:2 AMP

Power of the tongue


  • The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life and his words of wisdom are a source of blessing Proverbs 10:11 AMP

How to speak?

1. As one speaking GOD's words

2. Graciously

  • Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 BSB

3. Edifying words

  • 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. Ephesians 4:29 NIV
Other versions

  • Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification according to the need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 NASB

4. With Carefully Chosen Words

  • Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving] James 1:19 AMP
  • To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is! Proverbs 15:23 ESV
Other versions
  • My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger James 1:19 BSB
See also
  • the LORD had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I should go with you for a single moment, I would destroy you. Now take off your jewelry, and I will decide what to do with you.’ ” Exodus 33:5 BSB

5. At the Right Time

  • Like apples of gold in settings of silver, Is a word spoken at the proper timeProverbs 25:11 NASB

6. With Gentle Answers

Other versions 
  • By patience and a calm spirit a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft and gentle tongue breaks the bone [of resistance]. Proverbs 25:15 AMP

7. With Less Words

  • When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 HCSB
  • Even a [callous, arrogant] fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips he is regarded as sensible (prudent, discreet) and a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28 AMP
Other versions 

  • When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable, But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise.  Proverbs 10:19 AMP
  • Even a fool is considered wise if he keeps silent, and discerning when he holds his tongue. Proverbs 17:28 BSB

GOD can give you the right words

  • Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel Ephesians 6:19 BSB
  • When you are brought before synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say. For at that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.” Luke 12:11-12 BSB

GOD confirms the words of His servants

  • [The Lord] Who confirms the word of His servant and performs the counsel of His messengers … Isaiah 44:26 AMPC

More Verses

  • The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued) Proverbs 10:20 AMP
  • The lips of the righteous know (speak) what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked knows (speaks) what is perverted (twisted). Proverbs 10:32 AMP


  • May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 BSB


  1. Note the word "if" implying not speaking as the default position.