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The Powerful Tongue. Prov. 18:21 “ Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ” Prov. 15:1- 4 “A wholesome tongue…”. Tongue - small, powerful muscle. James 3:1-12.

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The Powerful Tongue

Prov. 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

Prov. 15:1- 4 “A wholesome tongue…”

Tongue - small, powerful muscle

James 3:1-12

1. ¶ My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

James 3:1-12

3. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.


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5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

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7. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

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9. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

James 3:1-12

11. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12. Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

James 3:1-12


Bit – rudder . . . . . .

Fire - wild animals . .

Fountain - fruit tree . .



I. Power to Direct

The Powerful Tongue

Bit = Controls a horse

Rudder = Controls a boat

I. Power to Direct

The Powerful Tongue

Jas.3:1 “Be not many masters “teachers”

Qualified to be a teacher

II Tim. 2:2 - Faithfulness + Ability

Tongue has power to do good or bad

How do we Control the Tongue ?

Mt. 12:33-35

II. Power to Destroy

The Powerful Tongue

Fire = destroys a city or forest

Prov. 26:18-25

Prov. 16:27

Wild Animals = untamed - dangerous







Evil Speaking


II. Power to Destroy





Foolish Talking



Filthy Speech

II. Power to Destroy

The Powerful Tongue

Prov. 6:16-19 ~ 7 things God hates

“a lying tongue”

“a false witness that utters lies”

“he that soweth discord”

Ps. 64:3 “Whet their tongue like a sword”

How to control - Eph. 4:29-32 ~ “edifying”

III. Power to Delight

The Powerful Tongue


Satisfies Thirst

Not good and

bad water

Fruit Tree

Satisfies Hunger



III. Power to Delight


Sing Praises

Spread the gospel

Words of encouragement

Defend the truth

Confess Christ

Confess Sins

III. Power to Delight

The Powerful Tongue

A word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold

in pictures of silver.

Pr. 25:11

The Powerful Tongue

James 3:1-12

Bit ~ Rudder

Fire ~ Wild animals

Fountain ~ Fruit tree




Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809


[email protected]

Sunday morning August 6, 2006