If we are willing, Bible verses about communication teach us to always tell the truth when we speak, to be kind and thoughtful, and to keep our mouths shut when what we want to say does not need to be said. Here are over twenty of such verses:
You must not testify falsely against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16 NLT).
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips (Psalm 141:3).
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues (Proverbs 10:19 NIV).
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health (Proverbs 12:18 NKJV).
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up (Proverbs 12:25 NLT).
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare (Proverbs 15:1 NLT).
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit (Proverbs 15:4 NKJV).
The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil (Proverbs 15:28 NKJV).
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction (Proverbs 16:23 NIV).
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (Proverbs 16:24).
Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions (Proverbs 18:2 NLT).
To answer before listening—that is folly and shame (Proverbs 18:13 NIV).
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21 NIV).
It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel (Proverbs 20:23 NKJV).
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles (Proverbs 21:23 NKJV).
Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket (Proverbs 25:11 NLT).
There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking (Proverbs 29:20 NLT).
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29 NLT).
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:6 NIV).
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly (2 Timothy 2:16 NIV).
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (James 1:19).
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless (James 1:26 NIV).