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Want to know what the Bible says about our tongue? Here are 75 Bible verses about our tongue from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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James 3:8 NIV
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
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Proverbs 18:21 NIV
The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.
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Matthew 12:36-37 NIV
36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
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Proverbs 21:23 NIV
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
    keep themselves from calamity.
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Ephesians 4:29 NIV
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.
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Proverbs 12:18 NIV
The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
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James 1:26 NIV
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
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Proverbs 15:4 NIV
The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
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Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV
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 person who stirs up conflict in the community.
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1 Peter 3:10 NIV
For,
“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.
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Matthew 5:22 NIV
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
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Proverbs 19:5 NIV
A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
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Luke 6:45 NIV
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
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Hebrews 4:12 NIV
For the word of God is alive 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.
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1 Peter 2:1 NIV
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
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Proverbs 25:18 NIV
Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
    is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
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1 John 1:9 NIV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
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Proverbs 5:4 NIV
but in the end she is bitter as gall,
    sharp as a double-edged sword.
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Revelation 21:8 NIV
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars —they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
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James 3:5 NIV
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.
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