Recently I have noticed how often my readings in the Psalms and Proverbs talk about our speech – most of what it says is not positive. I guess all this shows is that it is amazingly easy to be critical, to be harshly negative, to gossip, slander, to backbite. Maybe it is just my problem, if so please ignore this and read something else. If not, below are a few of the verses I have come across. Read them and weep, wail and mourn as you turn to God and ask forgiveness.
The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near</.
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.
I lie down amid fiery beasts — the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords
…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, and set on fire by hell.
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.