Happy Monday to you!

We are in the 18th day of our study of the book of Proverbs. If you have joined me in this undertaking, then I know you are growing tremendously. Each chapter of Proverbs is filled with life-giving insight. The more I meditate on the verses, the more I am challenged to live righteously. One of the major themes that I have found in the first 18 chapters is the importance of using our speech wisely. Rather than give my own explanation of the verses, I am going to share with you the exact scriptures. There are many more verses throughout the Bible that teach us what to say and when to speak. However, since we are studying the book of Proverbs this month, I only included verses from the first 18 chapters. As we continue to study the word of God, I am certain that we will become wiser in our communications with other people. With that said, here are the verses:

Bible Study on the Appropriate Use of Words, Speech, & Language

Proverbs 17:27

One who spares words is knowledgeable;

    one who is cool in spirit has understanding.

Proverbs 17:28

Even fools who keep silent are considered wise;

    when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 16:23 

The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,

And adds learning to his lips.

Proverbs 15:1 

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Proverbs 15:23

To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!

Proverbs 15:28

The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.

Proverbs 14:5

A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

Proverbs 13:3

Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives; those who open wide their lips come to ruin.

Proverbs 12:17

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness speaks deceitfully.

Proverbs 12:18

Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 

Proverbs 11:12

Whoever belittles another lacks sense, but an intelligent person remains silent. 

Proverbs 11:13 

A gossip goes about telling secrets, but one who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a confidence.

Proverbs 10:11

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 10:19

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech. 

Proverbs 10:20

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, the mind of the wicked is of little worth.

Proverbs 10:31

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

Proverbs 10:32

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.



Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.