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Profanity

Foul language. Biblically, the concept is very close to blasphemy. In the modern world, they are separate.

Top Bible Verses about Profanity

Leviticus 19:12

and you shall not swear falsely in my name, and so one of you profane the name of your God; I am Yahweh. Read Leviticus 19:12

Leviticus 22:31–33

“Thus you shall keep my commands, and you shall do them; I am Yahweh. “And you shall not profane my holy name, so that I may be consecrated in the midst of the Israelites; I am Yahweh, who consecrates you, the one who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be as God for you; I am Yahweh.” Read Leviticus 22:31–33

Amos 2:6–8

Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for money and the poor for a pair of sandals! Those who trample the heads of the powerless into the dust of the ground and turn aside the way of the destitute, a man and his father have sexual relations with the same girl, so that they profane my holy name. They stretch themselves out beside every altar on clothing taken in pledge and they drink wine, bought with … Read Amos 2:6–8

Matthew 5:33–37

“Again you have heard that it was said to the people of old, ‘Do not swear falsely, but fulfill your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, because it is the throne of God, or by the earth, because it is the footstool of his feet, or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great king. And do not swear by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. But let your statement be ‘Yes, yes; no, no,’ and anything beyond these is from the … Read Matthew 5:33–37

Ephesians 5:4

and obscenity, and foolish talk, or coarse jesting (which are not proper), but rather thanksgiving. Read Ephesians 5:4

James 5:12

Now above all, my brothers, do not swear either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your yes be yes and your no, no, in order that you may not fall under judgment. Read James 5:12

Famous Christian Quotes About Profanity

God’s Name Much on the Tongue and Little in the Heart

No oath is in itself simply good, and voluntarily to be used; but only as medicines are, in case of necessity. But to use it ordinarily and indifferently, without being constrained by any cogent necessity, or called to it by any lawful authority, is such a sin as wears off all reverence and dread of the Great God: and we have very great cause to suspect that where his name is so much upon the tongue, there his fear is but little in the heart.

Ezekiel Hopkins

Sin in Speaking Builds Gradually

Say to your tongue: Speak no more evil. For your tongue is as a great rock that rolls from the summit of a mountain, and at first falls slowly, then ever faster and more furiously. It begins with gentle murmuring, then it utters small sins, and then greater, until it finally breaks forth in open blasphemy.

Girolamo Savonarola

Atheism and Irreligion Are Like Weeds

This is the difference between religion and atheism: religion does not grow without planting, but will die even where it is planted without watering. Atheism, irreligion, and profaneness are weeds that will grow without setting, but they will not die without plucking up.

William Gurnall
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