|Proverbs 18:21 |
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat its fruit.1
1 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat its fruit. Those who love to talk will never see salvation; the fruit of a tongue that roams is death.
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can boast of great things. Consider how great a forest a little fire kindles!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. It is set among our members, defiling the whole body, and setting on fire the course of our life; and it is set on fire by hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind.
But no man can tame the tongue, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. [Only the grace of God can tame a man's tongue.] James 3:5-8.
If any man among you seems to be religious but cannot control his tongue, he deceives his own heart [thinking to be religious], and this man's religion is of no value. James 1:26.
But I say to you, For every idle word that men speak, they will give an account of the same in the day of judgment.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Mat 12:36-37.
For we all err in many things; and if any man does not err in his words, he is a perfect man, James 3:2.
So if you are going to be condemned for speaking idle words, and if you cannot control your words until you are perfect,
then perfection is obviously required to be justified.
Even a fool, when he doesn't speak, is considered wise; and he who shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. Pro 17:28.
A fool utters all his mind, but a wise man keeps it in until afterwards. Pro 29:11.
In the multitude of words there is no lack of sin; but he that refrains his lips is wise. Pro 10:19.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat its fruit. Pro 18:21.