Biblical and Worldly Proverbs about the Lips/Talking

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

It is not with saying, “Honey,” “Honey,” that sweetness will come into the mouth. ~African Proverb

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. ~Proverbs 17:28 ESV

Don’t call the alligator a big-mouth till you have crossed the river. ~Belizean Proverb

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

If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips. ~African Proverb

For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear. ~Ecclesiastes 5:7 ESV

Illness comes in by mouth; ills come out by it. ~Chinese Proverb

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

A clean mouth and honest hand, will take a man through any land. ~German Proverb

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

A close mouth and open eyes never did anyone harm. ~German Proverb

I tell you, on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, ~Matthew 12:36 ESV

He who has once burnt his mouth always blows his soup. ~German Proverb

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

A man has two ears and one mouth that he hear much and speak little. ~German Proverb

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. ~Proverbs 14:23 ESV

Much wisdom is lost in poor men’s mouths. ~German Proverb

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. ~Proverbs 29:20 ESV

A greased mouth cannot say no. ~Italian Proverb

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

A filthy mouth will not utter decent language. ~Chinese Proverb

If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. ~Proverbs 30:32 ESV

The heart does not think all the mouth says. ~Italian Proverb

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 5:2 ESV

Shut your mouth and you’ll catch no flies. ~Portuguese Proverb

Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? ~Ecclesiastes 5:6 ESV

The evil which issues from thy mouth falls into thy bosom. ~Spanish Proverb

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. ~Proverbs 20:19 ESV

A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth. ~Irish Proverb

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

Don’t make use of another’s mouth unless it has been leant to you. ~Belgian Proverb

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

A wise head hath a close mouth to it. ~Danish Proverb

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

Keep your mouth, and keep your friend. ~Danish Proverb

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

Many a fool might pass for a wise man if he would only keep his mouth shut. ~Danish Proverb

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness ~2 Timothy 2:16 ESV

What is sweet in the mouth is not always good in the stomach. ~Danish Proverb

Ephesians 4:29 ESV
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.

Psalm 19:14 ESV
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

The Proverbs say all that needs to be said. Do a self-assessment:
• Do I talk too much?
• Do I periodically blurt out things before thinking?
• Do I listen, look, and think before I speak?
• Are my words / conversations honouring God?

One Comment Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    God’s words, let it go an accomplish that which it is send forth to do. It correct, rebuke and encourage.


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