Proverbs 11:12, “He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.”

Proverbs 17:28, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

In The Heat of Anger

Proverbs 14:17, “He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.”

When You Don’t Have All The Facts

Proverbs 18:13, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

When You Haven’t Verified The Story

Deuteronomy 17:6, “At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

If Your Words Will Offend A Weaker Person

1 Corinthians 8:11, “And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?”

When It Is Time To Listen

Proverbs 13:1, “A wise son heareth his father´s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.”

If You Would Be Ashamed of Your Words Later

Proverbs 8:8, “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.”

If Your Words Would Convey The Wrong Impression

Proverbs 17:27, “He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.”

If The Issue Is None of Your Business

Proverbs 14:10, “The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.”

If Your Words Will Damage

Proverbs 16:28, “A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”

When You Are Feeling Critical

Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”
James 4:11, “Speak not evil one of another…”
Proverbs 25:28, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

If You May Have To Eat Your Words Later

Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

If You Have Already Said It More Than One Time

Proverbs 19:13, “A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.”


Dr. Mike Wells

Parkside Baptist Church
Mesquite, Texas