Matthew 12:36
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
I promise you on the day of judgment, everyone will have to account for every careless word they have spoken.

Good News Translation
"You can be sure that on the Judgment Day you will have to give account of every useless word you have ever spoken.

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.

New Heart English Bible
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

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;
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.

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, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord…

idle word.







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

I tell
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

that
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

men
ἄνθρωποι (anthrōpoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

will give
ἀποδώσουσιν (apodōsousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 591: From apo and didomi; to give away, i.e. Up, over, back, etc.

an account
λόγον (logon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

on
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] day
ἡμέρᾳ (hēmera)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

of judgment
κρίσεως (kriseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2920: Decision; by extension, a tribunal; by implication, justice.

for
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

every
πᾶν (pan)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

careless
ἀργὸν (argon)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 692: Idle, lazy, thoughtless, unprofitable, injurious. (by implication) lazy, useless.

word
ῥῆμα (rhēma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4487: From rheo; an utterance, ; by implication, a matter or topic; with a negative naught whatever.

they have spoken.
λαλήσουσιν (lalēsousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.
(36) Every idle word that men shall speak.--The teaching, though general in form, still looks back to the hard, bitter words of the Pharisees which had been the starting-point of the discourse. Our Lord does not speak, as we might have expected, of "every evil word," but of "every idle--i.e., useless and purposeless--word," the random utterances which, as being more spontaneous, betray character more than deliberate speech. Such an "idle word" had been the passing taunt, "He casteth out devils by Beelzebub." It is not said, however, that for every such random speech a man shall be condemned, but that he shall give an account for it. It will enter into that great total which determines the divine estimate of his character, and, therefore, the issues of the great "day of judgment."

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). 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.
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