• Eli Schnell

The Power of Words



Our words are powerful. We can accomplish great good, great evil, and everything in between through our words. God understands the power of our words, power He has given us, and repeatedly cautions us concerning it (e.g., James 3:2ff). Rather than writing my own thoughts about words and the tongue, I am sharing a few selected Proverbs concerning them. Please consider their teachings and be careful with your words.


  • Proverbs 11:11–14 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down. He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent. He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter. Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

  • Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.

  • Proverbs 14:15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

  • Proverbs 15:1–2 A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

  • Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

  • Proverbs 18:2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.


Words are powerful things, and God has given each of us control over our own. Use yours wisely and weigh the words of others before believing them.

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