17 Graceful Bible Verses About Cursing and Swearing

by Ryan Hart

Updated on December 20, 2018

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In this post I’m going to share with you the most impactful bible verses about cursing and using profanity that I’ve read.

In fact:

These scriptures on cursing will make you think twice about the words that come out of your mouth from now on.

Ready to find out what the bible says about swearing?

Let’s get started.

Colossians 3:8

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 5:4

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

Matthew 5:37

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Matthew 12:36-37

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

Matthew 15:10-11

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them."

James 1:26

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

James 3:6-8

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3:10

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

2 Timothy 2:16

Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

Psalm 19:14

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 34:13-14

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 141:3

Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Proverbs 4:24

Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Proverbs 6:12

A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth

Proverbs 21:23

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.

Exodus 20:7

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

Luke 6:45

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Bible Verses About Cursing

Now It's Your Turn

And now I want to hear from you.

Which of these bible verses was most meaningful to you?

Are there any scriptures about cursing that I should add to this list?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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Comments

Ryan Hart
Which bible verse was most helpful? Please leave a comment and let me know.
Carolyn
Colossians 3:8 really hit me. All of these scriptures were excellent. If any true disciple of Jesus wants to know what the Bible says about cussing and vulgar language, this article will certainly help them. Thanks for writing this Ryan. God bless.
Ashley Barnhart
I'm really struggling with the Bible in general right now. And after literally being in thought, pretty much daily, about everything God says, I have no clue as to what to believe. I believe he came here, I'm not saying that. But as someone who struggles immensely with the words that come from my mouth, I feel as though I'm am considered evil because of what my mouth says. So honestly all these verses did for me was further show me that there is no point in the effort I've tried to apply to my life because in all honesty, my cussing is situational. And no matter how hard I try I will never be able to be the person he wants me to be. I'm tired of the constant feeling of being condemned to hell. Jesus was a direct descendant of God. He is and always will be the strongest of all us. I just can't accept that everything is so black and white with no room for error. The more I try to live up to these biblical standards, the more I feel I fall from grace. I do appreciate you taking the time to post this. And I appreciate what you were trying to accomplish by doing this. However for me, I feel more condemned by the sheer fact that I have so many issues. Hopefully one day I will be able to get all this in check.
Julie Moore
I will be praying for you, Ashley.❤️ Please use my email for any questions. And thank you, Ryan, for this study.
Brittany Naranjo
Hi Ashley. I just wanted to encourage you I don't know how long ago but you wrote this but I am just seeing it today. All mankind is Born into sin and the fact that you realize that you're saying just takes you further from Grace is important. In reality none of us can live up to these standards alone. We first have to realize that we are a sinner and ask forgiveness for this. The next step is to believe in our heart and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ died for us sinners and that we believe he raised from the dead and he too will raise us up in him. And we asked him into our hearts and we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. This is the basic steps, but it is also just the beginning. Jesus then comes into our hearts, but the step that so many people Miss is now we must step into the Life of Christ. It's called being born again and being a new creature in Christ. There is a transformation that takes place but also the Bible tells us that we die daily. We have to die out to that old man and it is a process we are continually being transformed by Jesus on a daily basis. Babies don't turn into adults overnight it's a constant continual growth that has to happen. When Jesus turned 12 he went to the temple because he had to be in his father's house. Jesus decided that he was going to come under the word which was his father. And that's what we have to decide we must come under the word of God. This is a conscious decision that we must make and when we hear the word of God to not be condemned by it but to say okay God I'm going to come under your word help me Jesus because I cannot do this on my own. Now he will help you if you let him you will feel a small stirring or tugging inside of you when you go to do opposite of what his word says. That's when you have to make the choice immediately am I going to come under his word or am I going to do what I want to do. Each time you make that decision it adds up and eventually it will either be easy after a while to make that decision or it will still be hard to the point where you don't even feel that tugging anymore because you're not listening. But again it is not an overnight change this takes time and stability in Christ. It takes a work on your side. Jesus said blessed is he who is not offended in me. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it. He loves you very much and he is the word of God, when we read the Bible, the word we are continually washed by the water of the word and we have to let it transformer us daily. When Jesus walked on water he walked that impossible walk Jesus also called Peter to come and walk the impossible walk to show us but yes we can to but to do this we must keep our eyes on Jesus not on our circumstances not on our situations because when we think about all these worldly things that can drown out our focus on him and what he is doing for us. With man it is impossible but with God all things are possible. Believe and you will receive.
Ashley Barnhart
I'm really struggling with the Bible in general right now. And after literally being in thought, pretty much daily, about everything God says, I have no clue as to what to believe. I believe he came here, I'm not saying that. But as someone who struggles immensely with the words that come from my mouth, I feel as though I'm am considered evil because of what my mouth says. So honestly all these verses did for me was further show me that there is no point in the effort I've tried to apply to my life because in all honesty, my cussing is situational. And no matter how hard I try I will never be able to be the person he wants me to be. I'm tired of the constant feeling of being condemned to hell. Jesus was a direct descendant of God. He is and always will be the strongest of all us. I just can't accept that everything is so black and white with no room for error. The more I try to live up to these biblical standards, the more I feel I fall from grace. I do appreciate you taking the time to post this. And I appreciate what you were trying to accomplish by doing this. However for me, I feel more condemned by the sheer fact that I have so many issues. Hopefully one day I will be able to get all this in check.
Curtis
Repentance is key, God knows your heart. If you continue to pray and ask for deliverance from your tongue it will happen. Spend more time in His presence and seek His face. It’s not easy but I’ve seen Him deliver me from things that I thought was never going to change. It took time but He never fails. The bible also tells us that something’s only leave by prayer and fasting. Be blessed and encouraged. God bless you
Celesta
Ashley, Curtis hit the solution on the head. Powerful answer. Love your study Ryan.