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Want to know what the Bible says about quick to listen and slow to speak? Here are 62 Bible verses about quick to listen and slow to speak 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 1:19 NIV
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
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James 1:19-20 NIV
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
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Proverbs 17:28 NIV
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
    and discerning if they hold their tongues.
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Proverbs 12:15 NIV
The way of fools seems right to them,
    but the wise listen to advice.
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Proverbs 18:2 NIV
Fools find no pleasure in understanding
    but delight in airing their own opinions.
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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 29:20 NIV
Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.
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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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Ephesians 4:32 NIV
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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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 10:19 NIV
Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.
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Proverbs 16:32 NIV
Better a patient person than a warrior,
    one with self-control than one who takes a city.
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Proverbs 16:21 NIV
The wise in heart are called discerning,
    and gracious words promote instruction.
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Proverbs 18:13 NIV
To answer before listening—
    that is folly and shame.
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Exodus 14:14 NIV
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
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Ephesians 4:26 NIV
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
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Philippians 2:4 NIV
not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
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Ecclesiastes 8:6 NIV
For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,
    though a person may be weighed down by misery.
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Proverbs 17:27 NIV
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
    and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
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Hebrews 4:15 NIV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin.
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