PSALM 12:1-4

  1. Help, Lord! For principled and godly people are here no more; faithfulness and the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.
  2. To His neighbor each one speaks words without use or worth or truth; with flattering lips and double heart (deceitfully) they speak.
  3. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud boasting.
  4. Those who say, with our tongue we prevail, our lips are our own to command at our will; who is Lord and command over us? Amp.

The Lord is very concerned about what comes out of our mouths. He mentions it many times in the Bible. In verse 4 it is talking about rebellious tongues who speak what they want. That is one of the hardest things to give over to the Lord and yet that is what He wants from us. This verse is saying to be careful of listening to sweet talkers who are liars and boasters. They have a reason for their flattery.


29. Let no foul or polluting language nor evil word, nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth; but only such speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. Amp.

I used to quote this (in KJV) to my kids a lot of course thinking I had the victory over bad words. And I do, but the Lord gave me this scripture and the part that got to me was the “worthless talk” part. I had never really paid a lot of attention to the silly things I said. But the Lord did.

Jesus is our example and always spoke only what the Father gave Him to speak. It is not that we think we have to be perfect in very word we say, but we should be paying attention to what we say so that we are growing in that area.

We must yield all of our faculties to the Lord and His righteousness even our tongue. The more we speak our own words, the more trouble we will have. The more we refrain the easier it will become. Romans 6:16, 19.


6. Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned as it were with salt, so that you may never be at a loss to know how to answer anyone who puts the question to you. Amp.


4 thoughts

  1. But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God“s likeness. Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so (James 3:8-10)

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  2. “…seasoned as it were with salt…”
    Just like food is made better with seasoning, so may our words be. If the Word of God is the bread of heaven, our words should reflect this same character.

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