What Does The Bible Say About Idle Words?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Psalms 139:12 – A man full of tongue shall not be established in the earth: evil shall catch the unjust man unto destruction.
Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that refraineth his lips is most wise.
Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 – Speak not any thing rashly, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Dreams follow many cares: and in many words shall be found folly.
Ecclesiasticus 20:8 – He that useth many words shall hurt his own soul: and he that taketh authority to himself unjustly shall be hated.
Matthew 12:36 – I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;
2 Timothy 2:16 – Avoid such godless chatter, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
James 3:2 – For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.