Scriptures on Talk


and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. (Deu 6:7 MSG)

Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. (Deu 11:18 MSG)

Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. (Deu 11:19 MSG)

The wisest of her ladies-in-waiting answers with calm, reassuring words, (Jdg 5:29 MSG)

Don’t dare talk pretentiously– not a word of boasting, ever! For GOD knows what’s going on. He takes the measure of everything that happens. (1Sa 2:3 MSG)

Do you think that mere words are any substitute for military strategy and troops? Now that you’ve revolted against me, who can you expect to help you? (2Ki 18:20 MSG)

You yourself have done this plenty of times, spoken words that clarify, encouraged those who were about to quit. (Job 4:3 MSG)

Your words have put stumbling people on their feet, put fresh hope in people about to collapse. (Job 4:4 MSG)

Honest words never hurt anyone, but what’s the point of all this pious bluster? (Job 6:25 MSG)

You pretend to tell me what’s wrong with my life, but treat my words of anguish as so much hot air. (Job 6:26 MSG)

“What a flood of words! Shouldn’t we put a stop to it? Should this kind of loose talk be permitted? (Job 11:2 MSG)

Second, address me directly so I can answer you, or let me speak and then you answer me. (Job 13:22 MSG)

Would you talk nonsense in the middle of a serious argument, babbling baloney? (Job 15:3 MSG)

It’s your sin that taught you to talk this way. You chose an education in fraud. (Job 15:5 MSG)

Pitting your whole being against God by letting words like this come out of your mouth? (Job 15:13 MSG)

“I’ve had all I can take of your talk. What a bunch of miserable comforters! (Job 16:2 MSG)

If you were in my shoes, I could talk just like you. I could put together a terrific harangue and really let you have it. (Job 16:4 MSG)

Every word they speak is a land mine; their lungs breathe out poison gas. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mudslides. (Psa 5:9 MSG)

When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. (Psa 32:3 MSG)

Words gutter from his mouth, dishwater dirty. Can’t remember when he did anything decent. (Psa 36:3 MSG)

Using their tongues as weapons, flinging poison words, poison-tipped arrow-words. (Psa 64:3 MSG)

They jeer, using words to kill; they bully their way with words. (Psa 73:8 MSG)

People actually listen to them–can you believe it? Like thirsty puppies, they lap up their words. (Psa 73:10 MSG)

Deflect the harsh words of my critics– but what you say is always so good. (Psa 119:39 MSG)

Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health. (Pro 4:22 MSG)

Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. (Pro 4:24 MSG)

Riffraff and rascals talk out of both sides of their mouths. (Pro 6:12 MSG)

You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth; not one syllable will be twisted or skewed. (Pro 8:8 MSG)

The wise accumulate knowledge–a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much–a sheer waste. (Pro 10:14 MSG)

The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. (Pro 10:19 MSG)

The speech of a good person is worth waiting for; the blabber of the wicked is worthless. (Pro 10:20 MSG)

The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart. (Pro 10:21 MSG)

The speech of a good person clears the air; the words of the wicked pollute it. (Pro 10:32 MSG)

When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes; evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time. (Pro 11:11 MSG)

The words of the wicked kill; the speech of the upright saves. (Pro 12:6 MSG)

Well-spoken words bring satisfaction; well-done work has its own reward. (Pro 12:14 MSG)

Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise. (Pro 12:18 MSG)

Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything. (Pro 13:3 MSG)

A good person hates false talk; a bad person wallows in gibberish. (Pro 13:5 MSG)

Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things, but a reliable reporter is a healing presence. (Pro 13:17 MSG)

Frivolous talk provokes a derisive smile; wise speech evokes nothing but respect. (Pro 14:3 MSG)

Escape quickly from the company of fools; they’re a waste of your time, a waste of your words. (Pro 14:7 MSG)

Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table. (Pro 14:23 MSG)

Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. (Pro 15:4 MSG)

Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow–there’s nothing to them. (Pro 15:7 MSG)

GOD can’t stand evil scheming, but he puts words of grace and beauty on display. (Pro 15:26 MSG)

Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth. (Pro 16:13 MSG)

A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one’s reputation. (Pro 16:21 MSG)

They make a lot of sense, these wise folks; whenever they speak, their reputation increases. (Pro 16:23 MSG)

Gracious speech is like clover honey– good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body. (Pro 16:24 MSG)

Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn. (Pro 16:27 MSG)

A bad motive can’t achieve a good end; double-talk brings you double trouble. (Pro 17:20 MSG)

Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs. (Pro 18:4 MSG)

The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him. (Pro 18:6 MSG)

Fools are undone by their big mouths; their souls are crushed by their words. (Pro 18:7 MSG)

Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest. (Pro 18:20 MSG)

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit–you choose. (Pro 18:21 MSG)

The poor speak in soft supplications; the rich bark out answers. (Pro 18:23 MSG)

Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief. (Pro 21:23 MSG)

Don’t gobble your food, don’t talk with your mouth full. (Pro 23:2 MSG)

Don’t bother talking sense to fools; they’ll only poke fun at your words. (Pro 23:9 MSG)

Don’t talk about your neighbors behind their backs– no slander or gossip, please. (Pro 24:28 MSG)

Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses. (Pro 25:15 MSG)

It takes more than talk to keep workers in line; mere words go in one ear and out the other. (Pro 29:19 MSG)

Observe the people who always talk before they think– even simpletons are better off than they are. (Pro 29:20 MSG)

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. (Pro 31:8 MSG)

Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” (Pro 31:9 MSG)

A right time to rip out and another to mend, A right time to shut up and another to speak up, (Ecc 3:7 MSG)

Don’t shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think. Don’t be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear. God’s in charge, not you–the less you speak, the better. (Ecc 5:2 MSG)

Over-work makes for restless sleep. Over-talk shows you up as a fool. (Ecc 5:3 MSG)

The more words that are spoken, the more smoke there is in the air. And who is any better off? (Ecc 6:11 MSG)

There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. (Ecc 8:1 MSG)

The quiet words of the wise are more effective Than the ranting of a king of fools. (Ecc 9:17 MSG)

The words of a wise person are gracious. The talk of a fool self-destructs– (Ecc 10:12 MSG)

Fools talk way too much, Chattering stuff they know nothing about. (Ecc 10:14 MSG)

The Quester did his best to find the right words and write the plain truth. (Ecc 12:10 MSG)

The words of the wise prod us to live well. They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together. They are given by God, the one Shepherd. (Ecc 12:11 MSG)

The answer’s simple: Live right, speak the truth, despise exploitation, refuse bribes, reject violence, avoid evil amusements. (Isa 33:15 MSG)

I teach you how to talk, word by word, and personally watch over you, Even while I’m unfurling the skies, setting earth on solid foundations, and greeting Zion: ‘Welcome, my people!'” (Isa 51:16 MSG)

But don’t pretend that you know all the answers yourselves and talk like you know it all. I’m telling you: Quit the ‘God told me this . . . God told me that . . .’ kind of talk. (Jer 23:38 MSG)

People hate this kind of talk. Raw truth is never popular. (Amo 5:10 MSG)

Don’t trust your neighbor, don’t confide in your friend. Watch your words, even with your spouse. (Mic 7:5 MSG)

This core holy people will not do wrong. They won’t lie, won’t use words to flatter or seduce. Content with who they are and where they are, unanxious, they’ll live at peace.” (Zep 3:13 MSG)

And now here’s what I want you to do: Tell the truth, the whole truth, when you speak. Do the right thing by one another, both personally and in your courts. (Zec 8:16 MSG)

If anyone dares persist in spreading diseased, polluting words, his very own parents will step in and say, ‘That’s it! You’re finished! Your lies about GOD put everyone in danger,’ and then they’ll stab him to death in the very act of prophesying lies about GOD–his own parents, mind you! (Zec 13:3 MSG)

GOD says, “You have spoken hard, rude words to me. “You ask, ‘When did we ever do that?’ (Mal 3:13 MSG)

I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill. (Mat 5:22 MSG)

You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. (Mat 5:34 MSG)

Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong. (Mat 5:37 MSG)

“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. (Mat 7:26 MSG)

A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. (Mat 12:35 MSG)

Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. (Mat 12:36 MSG)

Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” (Mat 12:37 MSG)

There was a lot more of this–words that gave strength to the people, words that put heart in them. The Message! (Luk 3:18 MSG)

It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. (Luk 6:45 MSG)

“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. (Luk 6:48 MSG)

But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.” (Luk 6:49 MSG)

Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. (Joh 3:11 MSG)

So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; (Rom 14:19 MSG)

So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth? (1Co 14:9 MSG)

If you choose to speak, you’re also responsible for how and when you speak. (1Co 14:32 MSG)

I didn’t learn this kind of talk from Christ. (2Co 11:17 MSG)

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. (Eph 4:29 MSG)

Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. (Eph 4:31 MSG)

Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, Christians have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect. (Eph 5:4 MSG)

Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. (Col 2:8 MSG)

But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk. (Col 3:8 MSG)

Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. (Col 4:6 MSG)

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. (1Th 5:11 MSG)

put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. (2Th 2:17 MSG)

But don’t treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares. (2Th 3:15 MSG)

Don’t be harsh or impatient with an older man. Talk to him as you would your own father, and to the younger men as your brothers. (1Ti 5:1 MSG)

frittering away their days on empty talk, gossip, and trivialities. (1Ti 5:13 MSG)

Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, (2Ti 2:16 MSG)

Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. (Tit 2:1 MSG)

Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. (Jas 2:12 MSG)

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? (Jas 2:14 MSG)

Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (Jas 2:17 MSG)

And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life. (Jas 3:2 MSG)

A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. (Jas 3:6 MSG)

Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. (Jas 3:13 MSG)

Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. (Jas 4:11 MSG)

So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. (1Pe 2:1 MSG)

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