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Someone asked,

In Scripture when He tells us to abstain from filthy speech, what do you think would be categorized as such?

Darwin answered,

I don't know, other than what I find in Scripture. Colossians 3:8 says,

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

I know a good portion of our society considers "filthy language" to be of the nature of what is called profanity, vulgar language, cuss words, or swear words. But, how Biblically would I prove they are "filthy language" or a "corrupt word" (Ephesians 4:29), other than filthy/ungodly in meaning (what is meant by what is said)? Obviously, any language against the Word is corrupt, filthy, perverse (Proverbs 8:13 perverse mouth), things like cursing (wrongly wishing evil upon someone, e.g. Exodus 22:28; Job 31:30; James 3:9-10), slandering (falsely accusing, 2 Timothy 3:3), evil boasting (e.g. Psalm 94:4; Proverbs 27:1; James 4:3-16), crying wolf (Proverbs 26:18-19), etc.. There are even words "which it is not lawful for a man to utter" (2 Corinthians 12:4). But, those aren't revealed.

As for me, in an effort to not be unnecessarily offensive (1 Corinthians 10:31-33; Romans 12:17-18) or unnecessarily appear evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV), I don't use certain language. I also don't like to hear such, because I know,

No man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8).

I know if they get in my mind (especially often), they will come out of my mouth when I don't want them too.

BTW, the word for "filthy language" in Colossians 3:8 is a compound word only found here. The first part of it (filthy) is found in 1 Corinthians 11:6 (shameful NKJV); 14:35 (shameful); Ephesians 5:12 (shameful); and Titus 1:11 (dishonest, probably better shameful).





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