1. What direction is the righteous given to govern speech?
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,” Ephesians 4:29.
“But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation,” I Peter 1:15.
2. What precious promise is written for those who follow these directions?
“To him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God,” Psalm 50:23.
3. What is the happy condition of such?
“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles,” Proverbs 21:23.
4. Does it show wisdom sometimes to say nothing?
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding,” Proverbs 17:28.
5. What influence have kind words, and their opposite over others?
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger,” Proverbs 15:1.
6. Is there life-giving power in pure speech?
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,” Proverbs 15:4.
7. How deeply does the tongue of evil wound?
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword,” Proverbs 12:18.
8. What scathing words are spoken of the hypocritical tongue, and what sentence pronounced?
“Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy thee forever, He shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of the land of the living,” Psalm 52:4, 5.
9. Contrast the abiding future of the truthful, with the brief continuance of such as speak falsely.
“The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment,” Proverbs 12:19.
10. Are words a sure index of the intents of the heart?
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” Matthew 12:34, last part of verse.
11. What is said of the man who offends not in word?
“If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body,” James 3:2.
12. What is said of the professed Christian whose language is unbecoming?
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, . . . this man’s religion is vain,” James 1:26.
13. Will our words have weight in the judgment?
“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned,” Matthew 12:37.
14. By these forcible scriptures, what startling truth is established?
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” Proverbs 18:21.
15. What should be the constant prayer of each heart?
“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.