PROVERBS – Words and Anger

PROVERBS – Words and Anger September 21, 2006
Last Sunday, I preached on controlling the tongue. At the time I shared a number of proverbs with the congregation. I thought that today I would share the entire collection of proverbs on the subject that I worked through as I prepared the sermon. This list was easy to produce — I just thought of a few key words and put them into my Logos Bible Software and let it go searching for me!

Once again it would be good to see some blog posts on some of these verses!


Prov 1:2
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight …

Prov 1:6
… to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Prov 1:23
If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

Prov 2:1
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you …

Prov 2:12
… delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech …

Prov 2:16
So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words …

Prov 4:4
He taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.”

Prov 4:5
Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

Prov 4:10
Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.

Prov 4:20
My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

Prov 4:24
Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Prov 5:3
For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil …

Prov 5:7
And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

Prov 6:2
… if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth …

Prov 6:12
A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech …

Prov 6:17
… haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood …

Prov 6:24
… to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

Prov 7:1
My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you …

Prov 7:5
… to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.

Prov 7:21
With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.

Prov 7:24
And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.

Prov 8:8
All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

Prov 8:13
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Prov 10:19
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Prov 10:20
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Prov 10:31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Prov 12:6
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

Prov 12:18
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Prov 12:19
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Prov 12:25
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Prov 13:13
Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

Prov 14:7
Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Prov 14:29
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Prov 15:1
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Prov 15:2
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Prov 15:4
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Prov 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Prov 15:23
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

Prov 15:26
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.

Prov 16:1
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Prov 16:20
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

Prov 16:21
The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Prov 16:23
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Prov 16:24
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Prov 16:27
A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Prov 16:32
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Prov 17:4
An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Prov 17:7
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.

Prov 17:20
A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

Prov 17:27
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Prov 18:4
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Prov 18:8
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Prov 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Prov 19:1
Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

Prov 19:7
All a poor man’s brothers hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but does not have them.

Prov 19:11
Good sense makes one slow to a
nger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Prov 19:27
Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Prov 20:2
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.

Prov 21:6
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Prov 21:14
A gift in secret averts anger, and a concealed bribe, strong wrath.

Prov 21:23
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Prov 21:28
A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears will endure.

Prov 22:11
He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

Prov 22:12
The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor.

Prov 22:17
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge …

Prov 22:24
Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man …

Prov 23:8
You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words.

Prov 23:9
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

Prov 23:12
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.

Prov 24:18
… lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.

Prov 25:11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Prov 25:15
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.

Prov 25:23
The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Prov 26:22
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Prov 26:28
A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Prov 27:4
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

Prov 28:23
Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.

Prov 29:19
By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond.

Prov 29:20
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Prov 29:22
A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Prov 30:1
The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle. The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out.

Prov 30:5
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Prov 30:6
Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

Prov 30:33
For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Prov 31:1
The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him …

Prov 31:26
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

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