Proverbs 18:21
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Cross References
Matthew 12:37
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 12:13
An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but a righteous man escapes from trouble.

Proverbs 13:2
From the fruit of his lips a man will enjoy good things, but the desire of the faithless is violence.

Proverbs 13:3
He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.

Isaiah 3:10
Tell the righteous it will be well for them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Hosea 10:13
You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your mighty men,

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 18:4-7
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. . . .

Proverbs 10:20, 21, 31
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth. . . .

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

Matthew 12:35-37
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure. . . .

Romans 10:14, 15
How then can they call on the One in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? . . .

2 Corinthians 2:16
To the one, we are an odor of death and demise; to the other, a fragrance that brings life. And who is qualified for such a task?

2 Corinthians 11:15
It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

Colossians 4:6
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Titus 1:10, 11
For many are rebellious and full of empty talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision, . . .

James 3:6-9
The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. . . .

2 Peter 2:18
With lofty but empty words, they appeal to the sensual passions of the flesh and entice those who are just escaping from others who live in error.


Proverbs 10:9
He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.

Ecclesiastes 10:12-14
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. . . .

Isaiah 57:19
bringing praise to their lips. "Peace, peace to those far and near, " says the LORD, "and I will heal them."

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