1. Is it our duty to govern our tongues? Yes: I said, I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue, Ps. 39:1. Is he a good Christian that does not? No: for if any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, that man's religion is vain, James 1:26. Must we therefore pray to God to keep us from tongue-sins? Yes: Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, Ps. 141:3.
2. Is it our duty to speak truth? Yes: Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour, Zech. 8:16. Is there good reason for it? Yes: for we are members one of another, Eph. 4:25. And is this the character of a good man? Yes: that he speaketh the truth in his heart, Ps. 15:2. Are all truths to be spoken at all times: No: for there is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak, Eccl. 3:7. But may an untruth be spoken at any time? No: for God's people are children that will not lie, Isa. 63:8.
3. Is it our duty, especially in witness-bearing, to speak truth? Yes: for a faithful witness will not lie, Prov. 14:5. And the whole truth? Yes: Samuel told Eli every whit, and hid nothing from him, 1 Sam. 3:18. And nothing but the truth? Yes: for a lying tongue is but for a moment, Prov. 12:19.
4. Is it our duty to strive to have a good name with God? Yes: for not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth, 2 Cor. 10:16. And should we endeavour to have a good name with good people? Yes: Let those that fear thee turn unto me, Ps. 119:79. And if possible a good name with all people? Yes: Demetrius hath a good report of all men, 3 John 12. Must we abound in those things that are of good report? Yes: if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on those things, Phil. 4:8.
5. In order to our getting a good name must we live by faith? Yes: for by it the elders obtained a good report, Heb. 11:2. Must we walk wisely? Yes: for a man's wisdom makes his face to shine, Eccl. 8:1. Must we do justly? Yes: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles, 1 Pet. 2:12. And be humble? Yes: for before honour is humility, Prov. 18:12. And must we abound in good works? Yes: Let your light so shine before men, Matt. 5:16. But can good people expect to have everyone's good word? No: Woe unto you when all men speak well of you, Luke 6:26. May we hazard a good conscience to preserve our reputation? No: for our praise is not of men, but of God, Rom. 2:29.
6. Ought we to be very tender of the good names of others? Yes: we must honour all men, 1 Pet. 2:17. Must we give them the praise of that in them which is good? Yes: We also bear record, 3 John 12. But may we flatter them? No: he that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail, Job 17:5. Must we charitably conceal their faults? Yes: for charity covers a multitude of sins, 1 Pet. 4:8. Must we discourage slandering and censoriousness? Yes: we must with an angry countenance drive away a backbiting tongue, Prov. 25:23.