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James 3:5-10

5 So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!  6 And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna.  7 For every kind of animal, bird, creeping thing, and thing in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind.  8 But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.  10 Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 

Exodus 20:16

16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Matthew 5:11-13

11 “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. 

Job 20:4-5,12-19,25-29

4 Don't you know this from old time,  Since man was placed on earth,

5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short,  The joy of the godless but for a moment?

12 "Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth,  Though he hide it under his tongue,

13 Though he spare it, and will not let it go,  But keep it still within his mouth;

14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned.  It is cobra venom within him.

15 He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again.  God will cast them out of his belly.

16 He shall suck cobra venom.  The viper's tongue shall kill him.

17 He shall not look at the rivers,  The flowing streams of honey and butter.

18 That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it down;  According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice.

19 For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor.  He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up. 

25 He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body.  Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver.  Terrors are on him.

26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures.  An unfanned fire shall devour him.  It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity,  The earth shall rise up against him.

28 The increase of his house shall depart;  They shall rush away in the day of his wrath.

29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God,  The heritage appointed to him by God."

Job 21:1-34

1 Then Job answered,

2 "Listen diligently to my speech.  Let this be your consolation.

3 Allow me, and I also will speak;  After I have spoken, mock on.

4 As for me, is my complaint to man?  Why shouldn't I be impatient?

5 Look at me, and be astonished.  Lay your hand on your mouth.

6 When I remember, I am troubled.  Horror takes hold of my flesh. 

7 "Why do the wicked live,  Become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

8 Their child is established with them in their sight,  Their offspring before their eyes.

9 Their houses are safe from fear,  Neither is the rod of God upon them.

10 Their bulls breed without fail.  Their cows calve, and don't miscarry.

11 They send forth their little ones like a flock.  Their children dance.

12 They sing to the tambourine and harp,  And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

13 They spend their days in prosperity.  In an instant they go down to Sheol.

14 They tell God, 'Depart from us,  For we don't want to know about your ways.

15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?  What profit should we have, if we pray to him?'

16 Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand:  The counsel of the wicked is far from me. 

17 "How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?  That their calamity comes on them?  That God distributes sorrows in his anger?

18 That they are as stubble before the wind,  As chaff that the storm carries away?

19 You say, 'God lays up his iniquity for his children.'  Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.

20 Let his own eyes see his destruction.  Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

21 For what does he care for his house after him,  When the number of his months is cut off? 

22 "Shall any teach God knowledge,  Seeing he judges those who are high?

23 One dies in his full strength,  Being wholly at ease and quiet.

24 His pails are full of milk.  The marrow of his bones is moistened.

25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,  And never tastes of good.

26 They lie down alike in the dust,  The worm covers them. 

27 "Behold, I know your thoughts,  The devices with which you would wrong me.

28 For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince?  Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?'

29 Haven't you asked wayfaring men?  Don't you know their evidences,

30 That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity?  That they are led forth to the day of wrath?

31 Who shall declare his way to his face?  Who shall repay him what he has done?

32 Yet shall he be borne to the grave,  Men shall keep watch over the tomb.

33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him.  All men shall draw after him,  As there were innumerable before him.

34 So how can you comfort me with nonsense,  Seeing that in your answers there remains only falsehood?"

Ecclesiastes 8:11-12

11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.  12 Though a sinner commits crimes a hundred times, and lives long, yet surely I know that it will be better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. 

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