James 3:2-18 KJV

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. [3] Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. [4] Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. [5] Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! [6] And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. [7] For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: [8] But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. [9] Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. [10] Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. [11] Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? [12] Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. [13] Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. [14] But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. [15] This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. [16] For where envying and strife is , there is confusion and every evil work. [17] But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. [18] And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

1) In the heat of anger.

Proverbs 14:17 KJV

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

2) When you don’t have ALL the facts.

Proverbs 18:13 KJV

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it , it is folly and shame unto him.

3) When you haven’t verified the story.

Deuteronomy 17:6 KJV

At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

4) If your words will offend a weaker brother.

1 Corinthians 8:11-12 KJV

And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? [12] But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

5) If your words will be a poor reflection of The Lord, or your friends and family.

1 Peter 2:21-23 KJV

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: [22] Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

6) When you are tempted to joke about sin.

Proverbs 14:9 KJV

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

7) When you would be ashamed of your words some time in the future.

Proverbs 8:6-8 KJV

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. [7] For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. [8] All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

8) When your tempted to make light of Holy things.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 KJV

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

9) If your words will convey a wrong impression. 

Proverbs 17:27-28 KJV

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. [28] Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

10) If the issue is none of your business. 

Proverbs 14:10 KJV

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

11) When you are tempted to tell an outright lie.

Proverbs 4:24 KJV

Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

12) If your words will damage someone’s reputation. 

Proverbs 16:27-28 KJV

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. [28] A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

13) If your words will destroy a friendship

Proverbs 25:28 KJV

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

14) When you are feeling critical. 

James 3:9 KJV

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

15) If you can’t speak without yelling.

Proverbs 25:28 KJV

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

16) When it’s time to listen.

Proverbs 13:1 KJV

A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

17) In case you have to eat your words later.

Proverbs 18:21 KJV

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 21:23 KJV

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 13:2-3 KJV

A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. [3] He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.


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