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.

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