Bible Comment Guidelines

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Matthew 12:36-37

The Bible discussions on this website are a great way for Bible readers to interact and discuss each Bible chapter in detail. To help preserve this special community, please ensure your comments respectful, uplifting, and consistent with Christian values, and meet the following guidelines. This applies to all comments, questions, and prayer requests too. For example...

  • Meekness
    • 2 Timothy 2:25
    • Definition: showing patience and without resentment; controlled power; quiet; gentle; submissive.
  • Kindness
    • Colossians 3:12-13
    • Definition: having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others. Of a sympathetic or helpful nature.
  • Love (charity)
  • Mercy
    • Matthew 5:7
    • Definition: Compassionate treatment of those in distress; compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender.
  • Respect
    • Matthew 7:12 (the Golden Rule)
    • Definition: A feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, valuable, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.
  • Humility
    • James 4:6
    • Definition: not proud; not thinking of yourself as better than other people.

Specific Guidelines

    • Different viewpoints are allowed (if respectful). Respectful discussion of differing viewpoints is encouraged, but arguments are not allowed (such as disrespectful words or personal attacks). (Romans 14:19)
    • Anyone may comment (if respectful). This is a Christian website, but people of any faith or belief system may freely comment if discussing and asking questions about the Bible in a genuine open-minded and respectful manner and not merely promoting ones own beliefs, political views, or agenda.
    • Think before posting. If someone replies to your comment with a different viewpoint than you and uses words you interpret negatively, please pause and consider if a response is appropriate. Before you reply in-kind or firmer, ask yourself, would you say this to someone in person? Would you use these words to someone you love like a spouse, parent, or close friend? Is this something you'd expect a Christian pastor to say to you? Would you say it to Jesus's face? If the answer is no, then please hold your tongue. Follow the wisdom from the Bible and please be a good example for others.
    • Self-promotion or marketing is not allowed. If useful to a discussion it is ok to cite a non-URL source related to the Bible reading such as the title of an article if you didn't write it and have no involvement with it. However, it is not permitted to market or promote products or services, such as a YouTube channel, podcast, book, blog, or website.
    • Posting of URLs outside of this website is not allowed. URLs of this website-only are allowed within comments. We are unable to properly vet the security or truthfulness of the content of other website URLs and do not permit external links to them. Even if a link/URL is broken or incomplete it is still disallowed, like typing something dot com.
    • Respect others' privacy. Posting information about others is disallowed such as their full name or where they work, contact information, or personal information. No one has a right to violate others' privacy. Posting your own contact information is also disallowed, such as a phone number, email, address, or website.
    • Only adults may comment. Minors under 21 years of age are welcome to read the discussion pages, but not permitted to post comments.
    • Share equally. Part of being respectful of others is sharing equally and not trying to dominate others.
    • Stay on topic. Comments should follow the topic. For example, if commenting on the Psalms 23 discussion page the comment should be about Psalms 23.
    • Help monitor and report anything inappropriate. If you see any inappropriate comments, please help by clicking the "Report" button underneath the comment. While we have moderator help, it's possible a comment may slip through. We value and rely on your help protect this special community.

Overall: Be careful with your tongue (the words we communicate to others)


Bible references: King James Bible
Definitions: Merriam Webster dictionary