The Tongue And The
What does the sixth
You shall not give false
testimony against your neighbor. Exodus
Note The evident
object of this commandment is to guard the
rights, interests, and reputation of our neighbor
by guarding our conversation, and confining our
words to that which is strictly true.
What instruction did John
the Baptist give the soldiers who asked of him
advice regarding the way of life?
Then some soldiers
asked him, And what should we do? He
replied, Dont extort money and dont
accuse people falsely be content with
your pay. Luke 3:14.
What is one good test of
a perfect man?
We all stumble in many
ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he
says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his
whole body in check. James 3:2.
How did Christ teach the
importance of guarding our speech?
But I tell you that
men will have to give account on the day of
judgment for every careless word
they have spoken. For by your words you will be
acquitted, and by your words
you will be condemned. Matthew
To whom are our words all
Before a word is on my
tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
Are what are ones
words an index?
You brood of
vipers, how can you who are evil say anything
good? For out of the overflow of the heart the
mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34.
What conduct in dealing with
our fellowmen is condemned by the Scriptures?
Do not go about spreading
slander among your people. Do not do
anything that endangers your neighbors
life. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:16.
To what are the words of
a talebearer compared by Solomon?
The words of gossip
are like choice morsels; they go down to a mans
What is their effect?
He who covers over an
offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the
matter separates close friends.
What would follow if
there were no talebearers?
Without wood a fire
goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
Among other things, what
did Paul fear he would find in the Corinthian
For I am afraid that
when I come I may not find you as I want you to
be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.
I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy,
outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip,
arrogance and disorder. 2 Corinthians
What result follows
backbiting and like evils?
The entire law is
summed up in a single command: Love your
neighbor as yourself. If you keep biting
and devouring each other, watch out or you
will be destroyed by each other.
To whom is the promise
made of abiding in the tabernacle of the Lord and
dwelling in His holy hill?
He whose walk is
blameless and who does what is righteous, who
speaks the truth from his heart and has no
slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor
no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman.
What caution is given in
regard to receiving an accusation against an
Do not entertain an
accusation against an elder unless it is
brought by two or three witnesses. 1
Taming The Tongue
Can man, unrenewed by
grace, control his tongue?
All kinds of animals,
birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are
being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no
man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil,
full of deadly poison. James 3:7,8.
As a guard against misuse
of the power of speech, therefore, for what
should we pray?
Set a watch over my
mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of
What vow did the psalmist take
against offenses of the tongue?
I said, I will
watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I
will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the
wicked are in my presence. Psalm 39:1.
What is a sure cure for
You shall love your
neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39. So
in everything, do to others what you would have
them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the
Prophets. Matthew 7:12. To
slander no one, to be peaceful and considerate,
and to show true humility toward all men.
(See also James 4:11.)
What are those words like
which are fitly spoken?
A word aptly spoken is
like apples of gold in settings of silver.
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