Be Quiet

Until you have listened:

“If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” ~ Proverbs 18:13

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…” ~ James 1:19

When it isn’t verified yet:

“On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death; a person shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.” ~ Deuteronomy 17:6

“This is the third time I am coming to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” ~ 2 Corinthians 13:1

“Do not entertain an accusation against an elder, except on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:19

If your words will be a stumbling block:

“And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.” ~ 1 Corinthians 8:11

“But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea!” ~ Matthew 18:6

To refrain from retaliation or revenge:

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”” ~ Romans 12:19

“When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” ~ 1 Peter 2:21-23

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” ~ 1 Peter 3:9

In making light of sin:

“Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.’ ~ Proverbs 14:9

If your words will lack integrity:

“All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.” ~ Proverbs 8:8

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” ~ James 1:26

If your prayers are rife with vainglory and vain repetitions:

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” ~ Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.” ~ Matthew 6:5

“When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.” ~ Matthew 6:7

“The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Luke 8:11-14

If lacking in humility:

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” ~ Proverbs 3:7

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” ~ Romans 12:16

“Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” ~ Galatians 5:26

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” ~ Philippians 2:3

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:17

If you lack self control:

“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” Proverbs 10:19

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” ~ Proverbs 12:18

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” ~ Proverbs 17:27

If your words are false or injurious:

“Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.” ~ Exodus 20:16

“Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.” ~ Exodus 23:7

“You must not act deceptively or lie to one another. “ ~ Leviticus 19:11

“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” ~ Psalm 34:13

“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.” ~ Proverbs 4:24

“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” ~ Proverbs 6:16-19

“An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.” ~ Proverbs 12:13

“From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.” ~ Proverbs 13:2

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” ~ Proverbs 13:3

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” ~ Proverbs 18:21

“Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.” ~ Proverbs 25:18

“For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” ~ Matthew.” ~ 12:37

“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, a and set on fire by hell.” ~ James 3:5

“For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit…” 1 Peter 3:10

To avoid unnecessary trouble:

“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” ~ Psalm 141:3

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” ~ Proverbs 21:23

In unrighteous anger:

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.’ ~ Proverbs 14:29

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” ~ Proverbs 15:1

“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” ~ Proverbs 15:18

“A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down” ~ Proverbs 25:28

“A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.” ~ Proverbs 29:29

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” ~ James 1:19-20

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” ~ Ephesians 4:26-27

In the presence of the wicked, the scoffer and the foolish:

“I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”” ~ Psalm 39:1

“Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” ~ Proverbs 9:8

“Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.” ~ Proverbs 23:9

“Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.” ~ Amos 5:13

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” ~ Matthew 7:6

If your words are gossip or slander:

“You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD.” ~ Leviticus 19:16

“He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend…” ~ Psalm 15:3

“Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.” ~ Psalm 101:5

“The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.” ~ Proverbs 10:18

“A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence. ~ Proverbs 11:13

“A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” ~ Proverbs 16:28

“Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.” ~ Proverbs 17:9

“A gossip’s words are like choice food that goes down to one’s innermost being.” ~ Proverbs 18:8

“The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid someone with a big mouth.” ~ Proverbs 20:19

“Without wood, fire goes out; without a gossip, conflict dies down.’ ~ Proverbs 26:20

“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” ~ Mark 7:23

“They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.” ~ Romans 1:29-31

“For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:20

“For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:11

“Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.” 1 Timothy 3:11

“Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:13

“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:5

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good.” ~ Titus 2:3

“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” ~ 1 Peter 2:1

“None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler.” ~ 1 Peter 4:15

If your words are malicious or verbally abusive:

“You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.” ~ Exodus 23:1

“And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, “Let us do what is evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!” ~ Romans 3:8

“…no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:10

If your words lack edification:

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” ~ Ephesians 4:29

“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4

“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” ~ Colossians 3:8

If your words are flattery:

“I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person.” ~ Job 32:21

“For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.” ~ Psalm 5:9

“They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.” ~ Psalm 12:2

“But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues.” ~ Psalm 78:36

“A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.” ~ Proverbs 26:28

“Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.” ~ Proverbs 28:23

“A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.’ ~ Proverbs 29:5

“He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” ~ Daniel 11:32

“For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” ~ Romans 16:18

“These people are discontented grumblers, walking according to their desires; their mouths utter arrogant words, flattering people for their own advantage.” ~ Jude 1:16

In nagging, grumbling and complaining:

“Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.” ~ Proverbs 21:9

“Better to live in a wilderness than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.” ~ Proverbs 21:19

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing…” ~ Philippians 2:14

“Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” ~ James 5:9

When it’s none of your business:

“Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.” ~ Proverbs 26:17

“Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” ~ John 21:20-22

“…to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you…” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11

“For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” 2 Thessalonians 3:12


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