Matthew 12:34
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New International Version
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

New Living Translation
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

English Standard Version
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Berean Study Bible
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Berean Literal Bible
Offspring of vipers, how are you able to speak good things, being evil? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

New American Standard Bible
"You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

King James Bible
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

International Standard Version
You children of serpents! How can you say anything good when you are evil? The mouth speaks about what overflows from the heart.

NET Bible
Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart.

New Heart English Bible
You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Offspring of vipers! How can you who are evil speak good things? For from the fulness of the heart the mouth speaks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You poisonous snakes! How can you evil people say anything good? Your mouth says what comes from inside you.

New American Standard 1977
“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

King James 2000 Bible
O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

American King James Version
O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

American Standard Version
Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Darby Bible Translation
Offspring of vipers! how can ye speak good things, being wicked? For of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

English Revised Version
Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Webster's Bible Translation
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.

Weymouth New Testament
O vipers' brood, how can you speak what is good when you are evil? For it is from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks.

World English Bible
You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Young's Literal Translation
'Brood of vipers! how are ye able to speak good things -- being evil? for out of the abundance of the heart doth the mouth speak.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:33-37 Men's language discovers what country they are of, likewise what manner of spirit they are of. The heart is the fountain, words are the streams. A troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring, must send forth muddy and unpleasant streams. Nothing but the salt of grace, cast into the spring, will heal the waters, season the speech, and purify the corrupt communication. An evil man has an evil treasure in his heart, and out of it brings forth evil things. Lusts and corruptions, dwelling and reigning in the heart, are an evil treasure, out of which the sinner brings forth bad words and actions, to dishonour God, and hurt others. Let us keep constant watch over ourselves, that we may speak words agreeable to the Christian character.
Study Bible
Good and Bad Fruit
33Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 24:13
"As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness'; but my hand shall not be against you.

Proverbs 4:23
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Isaiah 9:17
Therefore the Lord does not take pleasure in their young men, Nor does He have pity on their orphans or their widows; For every one of them is godless and an evildoer, And every mouth is speaking foolishness. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.

Isaiah 32:6
For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart inclines toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the LORD, To keep the hungry person unsatisfied And to withhold drink from the thirsty.

Matthew 3:7
But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his place of baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

Matthew 15:18
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man.

Matthew 23:33
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape the sentence of hell?

Luke 3:7
Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Treasury of Scripture

O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

generation.

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation …

Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the …

how.

1 Samuel 24:13 As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the …

Psalm 10:6,7 He has said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never …

Psalm 52:2-5 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully…

Psalm 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, …

Psalm 64:3,5 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot …

Psalm 120:2-4 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue…

Psalm 140:2,3 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered …

Isaiah 32:6 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work …

Isaiah 59:4,14 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, …

Jeremiah 7:2-5 Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word, …

Romans 3:10-14 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

for.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that …

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