5550 speech, negative aspects of

5550 speech, negative aspects of

The sinfulness of fallen human nature can express itself in speech, provoking God’s displeasure and causing enmity and division amongst people.

Evil speech comes from a corrupt heart

Mt 12:33-35 See also Pr 2:12-15; Pr 24:1-2; Mt 15:10-11 pp Mk 7:14-15; Lk 6:43-45

Evil speech is a feature of a corrupt society

Mic 6:12-13 See also Isa 6:5; Isa 59:1-4,12-15; Jer 9:1-9; Ro 1:29-32; 2Ti 3:1-5

Evil speech provokes God’s displeasure

Pr 12:22 See also Pr 6:16-19

Kinds of evil speech

Profaning God’s name Ex 20:7 pp Dt 5:11 See also Ex 22:28; Lev 19:12; Ps 139:19-20

Lies and deceit Ps 5:9 See also Ps 36:3; Ps 52:1-4; Ps 62:4; Pr 14:5,25; Pr 15:4; Pr 17:20

Foolish boasting Ps 94:4 See also Ps 10:2-6; Ps 12:3-4; Isa 10:12-14; 2Th 2:3-4; Jas 4:13-16; 2Pe 2:17-18

Ridicule and insults Pr 11:12 See also 1Sa 17:41-44; 2Ki 2:23-24; Ne 2:19; Pr 9:7; La 2:15-16; Mt 5:22; Mt 27:39-44 pp Mk 15:29-32 pp Lk 23:35-39; Jn 9:28-29

Criticism and complaint Nu 12:1-15 See also Nu 16:1-50; 1Sa 17:28; Pr 19:13; Pr 21:9,19; Pr 25:24; Ac 11:2-3; Php 2:14-15

Slander Lev 19:16 See also 1Ki 21:1-14; Pr 10:18; Jas 4:11

Cursing Ex 21:17 See also 2Sa 16:5-8; Pr 20:20; Jas 3:9-10

Gossip Pr 16:28 See also Pr 11:13; Pr 17:9; Pr 20:19

Obscenity Eph 5:4 See also Col 3:8

Evil speech is silenced

By God’s actions Ps 107:41-42 See also Ps 63:11; Eze 16:63

By believers’blameless lives 1Pe 2:15 See also Tit 2:7-8

See also

5575talk, idle
5800blasphemy
5803carelessness
5820criticism
5827curse
5868gossip
5893insults
5925rashness
6121boasting
6145deceit
8760fools, characteristics
8815ridicule