Profanity In The Bible

Profanity in the Bible, or simply put, religious cursing, can be defined as blasphemy, foul language or the use of offensive words relating to God or anything of a sacred nature. However, when it comes to profanity in the bible, there are various interpretations depending on each person’s perspective. An ideal source for Christians who have this question is the bible itself. The New Testament specifically gives a detailed account of all these biblical curses.

This article attempts to make the case that profanity, in the form of the word damn, is used in The Bible. It is not a small point considering that many quotable quotes from this book have been banned from television and other forms of media for being inflammatory to religious sensitivities.

The Bible contains many instances of profanity. The first use of profanity recorded in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:8, when Adam and Eve have eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and realise they are naked. In verses 3:11-13, God curses the snake for encouraging them to eat from the tree and places enmity between the woman and the serpent. In his curse on Eve, he condemns her to painful childbirth, followed by an even more painful life caring for her children (nursing and raising them until they can walk), as well as addressing her by a new name, “The mother of all living” (v3:20).

Profanity in the Bible is one of the hot topics for debate among all kinds of people. The subject has been discussed in detail by many people, other bloggers and some Christians too. However, it seems like there are certain people who do not want to expose this topic to the light of truth.

Profanity In The Bible

In today’s culture cussing is normal. People cuss when they’re happy and excited. People cuss when they’re mad and even when they’re sad. Even though the world throws curse words around like it’s nothing, Christians are to be set apart. We are not to imitate the world and the way the people of the world communicate with each other.

We must be careful not to think upon curse words towards others. Those words we call someone in our minds when they do something we don’t like.

When thoughts like these pop up we are to rebuke the devil and discard them instead of dwelling on them. Cursing is a sin.

It doesn’t matter if it’s intended for someone or not it’s still sinful. Think about it!

With our mouth’s we worship the Lord daily. How can we then use our mouth to say f-bombs and other profanity? Swearing reveals a wicked heart. A true Christian will bear fruits of repentance.

Profanity In The Bible

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 1,996 helpful votes 

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 1,873 helpful votes 

Let 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.

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV / 1,446 helpful votes 

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 3:10 ESV / 1,326 helpful votes 

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Ephesians 5:4 ESV / 1,239 helpful votes 

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Matthew 15:10-11 ESV / 1,192 helpful votes 

And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

James 1:26 ESV / 909 helpful votes 

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 761 helpful votes 

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 759 helpful votes 

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

James 3:6-8 ESV / 726 helpful votes 

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 658 helpful votes 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Exodus 20:7 ESV / 581 helpful votes 

“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.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 555 helpful votes 

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 536 helpful votes 

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Proverbs 4:24 ESV / 503 helpful votes 

Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 464 helpful votes 

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Psalm 34:13-14 ESV / 445 helpful votes 

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 394 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Proverbs 6:12 ESV / 389 helpful votes 

A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,

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