Matthew 12:36
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English Standard Version
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

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.

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.

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Idle (ἀργὸν)

A good rendering. The word is compounded of ἀ, not, and ἔργον, work. An idle word is a non-working word; an inoperative word. It has no legitimate work, no office, no business, but is morally useless and unprofitable.

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every.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Ephesians 6:4-6 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord...

Jude 1:14,15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints...

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened...

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.'

Cross References
Matthew 10:15
Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

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

Matthew 12:37
for by your words you will be justified, 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
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

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