Matthew 12:36
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New International Version
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.

New Living Translation
And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.

English Standard Version
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

New American Standard Bible
"But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

King James Bible
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.

International Standard Version
I tell you, on Judgment Day people will give an account for every thoughtless word they have uttered,

NET Bible
I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I say to you that every idle word that people will speak, they will give an answer for it in the Day of Judgment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I can guarantee that on judgment day people will have to give an account of every careless word they say.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

American King James Version
But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

American Standard Version
And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
But I say unto you, that every idle word which men shall say, they shall render an account of it in judgment-day:

English Revised Version
And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I say to you, That for every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account in the day of judgment.

Weymouth New Testament
But I tell you that for every careless word that men shall speak they will be held accountable on the day of Judgement.

World English Bible
I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

Young's Literal Translation
'And I say to you, that every idle word that men may speak, they shall give for it a reckoning in a day of judgment;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 36, 37. - Matthew only. Verse 36. - But (δέ); and (Revised Version). The adversative particle hints at the contrast of ver. 35 to their ordinary ideas about the importance of words. I say unto you, That every idle (ἀργόν); i.e. effecting nothing, morally useless; 2 Peter 1:8 (cf. καταργεῖ, Luke 13:7). Word (ῤῆμα); see ver. 37, note. That men shall speak, they shall give account thereof (ἀποδώσουσι λόγον: cf. 1 Peter 4:5) in the day of judgment (Matthew 10:15, note).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But I say unto you,.... This form of speaking is used, the more strongly to asseverate the truth of what is after said; and the rather, because men are apt to indulge a liberty with their tongues; fancying no great crime is committed, when only words are spoken, and no facts done;

that every idle word that a man shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. By an "idle word" is meant, what the Jews call, , "light conversation", and , "vain discourse", as the Hebrew Gospel of Munster reads it here; frothy language, unprofitable talk, which, though it does not directly hurt God or man, yet is of no use to speaker or hearer; and yet even this, in the last general and awful judgment, if not forgiven, and repented of, must be accounted for; and much more such horrid blasphemies the Pharisees had vented against Christ, and the Spirit of Christ. The Jews (d) have a saying pretty much like this,

"That even , "for any light conversation", which passes between a man and his wife, he shall "be brought to judgment".''

(d) R. Jonah apud L. Capell. in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

36. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment—They might say, "It was nothing: we meant no evil; we merely threw out a supposition, as one way of accounting for the miracle we witnessed; if it will not stand, let it go; why make so much of it, and bear down with such severity for it?" Jesus replies, "It was not nothing, and at the great day will not be treated as nothing: Words, as the index of the heart, however idle they may seem, will be taken account of, whether good or bad, in estimating character in the day of judgment."

Matthew 12:36 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Tree Recognized by its Fruit
35"The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 36"But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 37"For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
Cross References
Matthew 10:15
Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Matthew 11:22
But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.

Matthew 12:37
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Romans 14:12
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Treasury of Scripture

But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

every.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, …

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ …

Ephesians 6:4-6 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them …

Jude 1:14,15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, …

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books …

idle word. [Rhema,] [argos,] i.e., [ergo--work/act/deed,] from a, privative, and [ergon,] work, a word that produces no good effect, and is not calculated to produce any. Discourse, says Dr. Doddridge, 'tending to innocent mirth, to exhilarate the spirits, is not idle discourse; as the time spent in necessary recreation is not idle time.'

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