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,

Berean Study Bible
But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Berean Literal Bible
And I say to you that every careless word that they will speak, men will give an account of it in day of judgment.

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.

New American Standard 1977
“And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment.

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;
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
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. 36But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, 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 himself to God.

James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his 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.

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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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