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Want to know what the Bible says about power of words? Here are 422 Bible verses about power of words 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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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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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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Matthew 12:36 NIV
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
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Proverbs 15:1 NIV
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
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Proverbs 16:24 NIV
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
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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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Proverbs 21:23 NIV
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
    keep themselves from calamity.
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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 13:3 NIV
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
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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 10:19 NIV
Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.
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Romans 1:16 NIV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
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Colossians 4:6 NIV
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
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Matthew 12:37 NIV
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
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2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
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Matthew 4:4 NIV
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
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James 1:22 NIV
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
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Matthew 15:18 NIV
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.
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John 1:1 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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