The Scriptures have much to say about the power of our words. The book of Proverbs specifically. Below is a list of several proverbs (not an exhaustive list) that we’d be wise to seek to live by. May the Lord enable us to use our words to bring a blessing, not a curse (James 3:9-10). May our speech reveal the work the Lord has and is doing in our own hearts.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
*All Scriptures quoted from the ESV.