DON’T Open Your Mouth:
· IN THE HEAT OF ANGER Proverbs 14:17 A quick tempered person does foolish things, and a devious man is hated.
· TO CONDEMN WITHOUT ALL THE FACTS Deuteronomy 17:6 Based on the testimony of two or three witnesses, they must surely die. But they are not to die based on the testimony of one person.
· IF YOU WILL OFFEND A WEAKER BROTHER I Corinthians 8:9 But you must see to it that this right of yours does not become a stumbling block for those who are weak.
· IF YOUR WORDS ARE A POOR REFLECTION OF YHVH OR THE MESSIAH I Peter 2:21-22 This is, in fact, what you were called to do, because: The Messiah also suffered for you and left an example for you to follow in his steps.
"He never sinned, and he never told a lie."
· WHEN YOU ARE TEMPTED TO JOKE ABOUT SIN Proverbs 14:9 Fools make fun of guilt, but among the upright there are good intentions
· WHEN IT IS UNFAIR AND/OR VULGAR Proverbs 8:8 Everything I have to say is just; there isn't anything corrupt or perverse in my speech.
· WHEN IT IS AN ARROGANT RANT Ecclesiastes 5:2 Don't be impulsive with your mouth nor be in a hurry to talk in God's presence. Since God is in heaven and you're on earth, keep your speech short.
· IF YOUR WORDS CONVEY THE WRONG IMPRESSION Proverbs 17:27 Whoever controls what he says is knowledgeable; anyone who has a calm spirit is a man of understanding.
· WHEN IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Proverbs 14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
· IF IT MOCKS ANOTHER Proverbs 14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom yet finds none, but knowledge is easy to the discerning.
· TO LIE Proverbs 4:24 Never talk deceptively and don't keep company with people whose speech is corrupt. Proverbs 8:7 For my mouth speaks the truth—wickedness is detestable to me.
· WHEN IT DAMAGES SOMEONE’S REPUTATION (GOSSIP) Proverbs 16:28 A perverse person sows strife, and a gossip separates close friends.
· WHEN IT IS TIME TO LISTEN Proverbs 13:1 A wise son heeds his father’s discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 18:13 Whoever answers before listening is both foolish and shameful.
· IF YOU CANNOT SPEAK WITHOUT YELLING Proverbs 25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is one with no control over his temper.
· IF YOU MAY HAVE TO EAT YOUR WORDS LATER Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the control of the tongue. Those who indulge in it will eat its fruit.
· WHEN YOU HAVE ALREADY SAID IT MORE THAN ONCE (NAGGING) Proverbs 25:24 Better to dwell in a corner of a roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
· TO EXCUSE WICKEDNESS Proverbs 24:24 Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent,” people curse him and nations revile him.
· WHEN YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING INSTEAD Proverbs 14:23 In all hard work there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Watching what you say can save you a lot of trouble.