Psalms 39:1

What Is the Measure of My Days?

To the choirmaster: to a  Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1 I said, “I will b  guard my ways,
that I c  may not sin with my tongue;
I will d  guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence.”

Proverbs 10:19

19 e  When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
f  but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 12:13

13An evil man is ensnared g  by the transgression of his lips,
h  but the righteous escapes from trouble.

Proverbs 21:23

23 i  Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
j  keeps himself out of k  trouble.

Matthew 12:36-37

36I tell you l  on the day of judgment m  people will give account for n  every careless word they speak, 37for o  by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 1:26

26If anyone thinks he is religious p  and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s q  religion is worthless.

James 3:2-12

2For r  we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says s  he is a perfect man t  able also to bridle his whole body. 3If we put u  bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet v  it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
6And w  the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members x  staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life
Or wheel of birth
and set on fire by hell.
Greek Gehenna
7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil aa  full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people ab  who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verse 12
these things ought not to be so.
11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

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