“The tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8)
The very first sin after the Fall was a sin of speech: “The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate'” (Gen. 3:12). Adam bit the fruit and tasted the juice and afterward opened his mouth, and what came out was a string of excuses. He blamed his wife and ultimately blamed God for his own failure. These words, and all sinful speech to follow in human history, are the tongue’s taste of poisoned fruit.