SIRACH 23:7-15 (NAB)
Give heed, my children, to the instruction that I pronounce, for he who keeps it will not be enslaved.
Through his lips is the sinner ensnared; the railer and the arrogant man fall thereby.
Let not your mouth form the habit of swearing, or becoming too familiar with the Holy Name.
Just as a slave that is constantly under scrutiny will not be without welts, So one who swears continually by the Holy Name will not remain free from sin.
A man who often swears heaps up obligations; the scourge will never be far from his house. If he swears in error, he incurs guilt; if he neglects his obligation, his sin is doubly great. If he swears without reason he cannot be found just, and all his house will suffer affliction.
There are words which merit death; may they never be heard among Jacob’s heirs. For all such words are foreign to the devout, who do not wallow in sin.
Let not your mouth become used to coarse talk, for in it lies sinful matter.
Keep your father and mother in mind when you sit among the mighty, Lest in their presence you commit a blunder and disgrace your upbringing, By wishing you had never been born or cursing the day of your birth.
A man who has the habit of abusive language will never mature in character as long as he lives.
JAMES 3:10-13 (NAB)
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you realize that we will be judged more strictly,
for we all fall short in many respects. If anyone does not fall short in speech, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his whole body also.
If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide their whole bodies.
It is the same with ships: even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination wishes.
In the same way the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions. Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze.
The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. This need not be so, my brothers.
Does a spring gush forth from the same opening both pure and brackish water?
Can a fig tree, my brothers, produce olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can salt water yield fresh.
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” (Titus 1:15 King James Version)
Para sa mga bastos, barubal, walang modo at magaspang ang ugali ang hinahanap nila sa Biblia ay ang justification ng kanilang pagiging bastos, barubal, walang modo at magaspang ang ugali alang-alang sa relihiyon….at yun ang nakikita nila.
Pero para sa mga taong nagsusumikap na maging mabuti, ang nakikita nila sa Biblia e kung paano maging mabuting tao.
Sa ganun, nalalaman kung kanino bumabagay ang Titus 1:15
A man who has the habit of abusive language will never mature in character as long as he lives. (Sirach 23:15)