1 Timothy 5:13 (AMP) Now at the same time, they also learn to be idle as they go from house, to house; and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies meddlers in things that do not concern them, talking about things they should not mention.

1 Timothy 5:11-15 (MSG) Don’t put young widows on this list. No sooner will they get on than they’ll want to get off, obsessed with wanting to get a husband rather than serving Christ in this way. By breaking their word, they’re liable to go from bad to worse, frittering away their days on empty talk, gossip, and trivialities. No, I’d rather the young widows go ahead and get married in the first place, have children, manage their homes, and not give critics any foothold for finding fault. Some of them have already left and gone after Satan.

1 Timothy 5:13 (TPT) Those widows who go around from house to house as busybodies[ are only learning to be lazy, making their situation even worse by talking too much, gossiping, and speaking things they shouldn’t. They become far too obsessed with empty things that will not bear good fruit.

Colossians 3:5-11 (MSG) And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk. 9-11 Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. 

Colossians 3:7-8 (TPT)That’s how you once behaved, characterized by your evil deeds. But now it’s time to eliminate them from your lives once and for all—anger, fits of rage, all forms of hatred, cursing, filthy speech, 9 and lying. Lay asideyour old Adam-self with its masquerade and disguise.

Colossians 3:7-9 (AMP) And in these sinful things you also once walked, when you were habitually living in them without the knowledge of Christ. 8 But now rid yourselves completely of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene, abusive, filthy, vulgar, language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices.

Ephesians 5:4 (MSG) Don’t allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus 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.

Ephesians 5:4 (TPT) Guard your speech. Forsake obscenities and worthless insults; these are nonsensical words that bring disgrace and are unnecessary. Instead, let worship fill your heart and spill out in your words.

Proverb 6:16-17 (NLT) There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent.

Proverb 10:18 (NLT) Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.

Proverb 12:22 (NLT) The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.

Proverb 13:5 (NLT) The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace.

Proverb 14:5 (NLT) An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies.

Proverb 17:7 (NLT) Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.

Proverb 21:6 (NLT) Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.

Proverb 26:28 (NLT) A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.

Ephesians 4:25 (NLT) So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.

Exodus 20:16 (NLT) You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.

Good Words

Ephesians 4:29 (AMP) Do not let unwholesome, foul, profane, worthless, vulgar, words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear you speak.

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

Ephesians 4:29 (TPT) And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.

Matthew 12:36-37 (MSG) “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. 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. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

Proverb 15:28 (AMP) The heart of the righteous thinks carefully about how to answer in a wise and appropriate and timely way, but the babbling mouth of the wicked pours out malevolent things.

Proverb 15:28 (TPT)Lovers of God think before they speak, but the careless blurt out wicked words meant to cause harm.

Proverb 12:18 (NLT) Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.

Proverb 12:25 (NLT) Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

Proverb 13:2-3 (NLT) Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. 3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

Proverb 15:1 (NLT) A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
Proverb 15:2 (NLT) The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

Proverb 15:4 (NLT) Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverb 18:6 (NLT) Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.

Proverb 18:20-21 (NLT) Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Proverb 20:15 (NLT)Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.

Proverb 20:19 (NLT) A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.

Proverb 21:23 (NLT) Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.

Mark 11:23 (KJV) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

James 3:2 (AMPC) For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.

Psalm 107:2 (NLT) Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.

Psalms 71:15-16 (NLT) I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. 16 I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that you alone are just.


My mouth is a powerful tool. Life and death are in its custody. I frame my world today by the words of my mouth! 

I declare, “Today I will be exceptional! Today I will serve people with my best resources! Today I will be an asset to others I encounter. I will find the good in others and quickly compliment them. I am swift to say kind, uplifting, and complimentary words! I will serve my way into others’ hearts with my mouth and deeds. 

My body obeys me! I have exactly what I say. I say my heart is strong and healthy. My lungs breathe perfectly, my nervous system is precisely toned and functions accurately! My digestive system is well and flawless! My mind is my servant! My bones and joints are strong and functional! 

My entire nature lines up with my tongue! Today I am self-controlled! I am spirit-directed. Love is the fruit that is ripened in me today; I’m growing in love expressions! I am accepting, welcoming, and inviting! I enjoy people and people enjoy my attitudes! 

I am a blessing to others all day long! I have God’s favor… I receive favor comfortably. I am generous in giving favor! I am a favor magnet."