What Does the Bible Say About Cursing? 14 Powerful Verses


Ephesians 4:29

ESVLet no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
KJVLet no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
NASBLet no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
NIVDo 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.
NLTDon’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Ephesians 5:4

ESVLet there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
KJVNeither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
NASBand there must be no filthiness or foolish talk, or vulgar joking, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
NIVNor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
NLTObscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

Also see Bible verses about dying to self.

James 1:26

ESVIf anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
KJVIf any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
NASBIf anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
NIVThose who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
NLTIf you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

Also see Bible verses about being a man.

Colossians 3:8

ESVBut now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
KJVBut now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
NASBBut now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.
NIVBut now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
NLTBut now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

Also see Bible verses about sins being equal.

Luke 6:28

ESVbless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
KJVBless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
NASBbless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
NIVbless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
NLTBless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

Colossians 4:6

ESVLet your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
KJVLet your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
NASBLet your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
NIVLet your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
NLTLet your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Romans 12:14

ESVBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
KJVBless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
NASBBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
NIVBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
NLTBless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

Exodus 20:7

ESV“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
KJVThou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
NASB“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
NIV“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
NLT“You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

Matthew 15:11

ESVit is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
KJVNot that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
NASB“It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
NIVWhat goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
NLTIt’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”

Psalm 109:17

ESVHe loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!
KJVAs he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
NASBHe also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
NIVHe loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.
NLTHe loved to curse others; now you curse him. He never blessed others; now don’t you bless him.

Proverbs 18:21

ESVDeath and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
KJVDeath and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
NASBDeath and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
NIVThe tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
NLTThe tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

1 Peter 3:10

ESVFor “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
KJVFor he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
NASBFor, “THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.
NIVFor, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
NLTFor the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

James 3:10

ESVFrom the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
KJVOut of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
NASBfrom the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
NIVOut of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
NLTAnd so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

Leviticus 20:9

ESVFor anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.
KJVFor every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
NASBIf there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.
NIV“’Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.
NLT“Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense.

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