In the Bible, as today, tongue has a literal meaning (part of the mouth) but could also mean "language" or "the power of speech." That last meaning is especially important in Scripture, which has a lot to say about humanity's use (and abuse) of the spoken word. Bridle your own tongue for a few minutes and put your eyes and brain to work on these questions dealing with the tongue, in all its meanings.
- What great leader of Israel lamented that he was "slow of tongue"?
- What New Testament man was made temporarily tongue-tied because he doubted the words of an angel?
- Where were the apostles when "tongues of fire" descended upon them?
- Who healed a mute man by touching his tongue?
- At what notorious place mentioned in Genesis did the "confusion of tongues" occur?
- What New Testament letter talks about the importance of "bridling" the tongue?
- Which parable of Jesus speaks of a man in hell, begging for someone to cool his tongue with a drop of water?
- What Old Testament book says that the tongue of a just man is like "choice silver"?
- According to Psalm 140, what animal's tongue does an evil person's tongue resemble?
- Complete this verse from Proverbs: "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings _______."
What New Testament epistle uses "tongue" or "tongues" more than 20 times?
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J. Stephen Lang is the author of 15 books about the Bible, including the recently published What the Good Book Didn't Say (Citadel Press) and Talking Donkeys & Wheels of Fire: Bible Stories That Are Truly Bizarre! (Warner).
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