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The power of words for harm

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 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.

With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape. … The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts. … Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully.

The words of the reckless pierce like swords … a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit … a perverse tongue will be silenced.

Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. … You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Ja 3:6-8Pr 11:9Pr 18:8Je 9:8Pr 12:18, Pr 15:4, Pr 10:31; Ec 7:21-22Ps 52:3-4Pr 18:21

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


  1. I would like to read these post on FB on a daily that possible? I will share them as you share with me!!

    • Pat, here are two options: (1) Go to the “Morning Glory, Evening Grace” home page, at, and click on the “Email Notification” button in the right column. Then, when the email notification comes, click on the link to the devotional, and then click the “Facebook” button at the bottom to share it. (2) Another option is to subscribe to my facebook postings. The first sentence of each of these twice-a-day devotionals is posted there. When you receive the notice, just hit your “share” button. Hope these will help you help me spread God’s word! I deeply appreciate your assistance!!

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