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

New Living Translation
The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you."

English Standard Version
for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Berean Study Bible
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Berean Literal Bible
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

New American Standard Bible
"For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

King James Bible
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Christian Standard Bible
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Contemporary English Version
On that day they will be told they are either innocent or guilty because of the things they have said.

Good News Translation
Your words will be used to judge you--to declare you either innocent or guilty."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

International Standard Version
because by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

NET Bible
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

New Heart English Bible
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
By your words you will be declared innocent, or by your words you will be declared guilty."

New American Standard 1977
“For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

King James 2000 Bible
For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

American King James Version
For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

American Standard Version
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Darby Bible Translation
for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

English Revised Version
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Webster's Bible Translation
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Weymouth New Testament
For each of you by his words shall be justified, or by his words shall be condemned."

World English Bible
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

Young's Literal Translation
for from thy words thou shalt be declared righteous, and from thy words thou shalt be declared unrighteous.'
Study Bible
Good and Bad Fruit
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.” 38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”…
Cross References
Proverbs 18:21
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Matthew 12:36
But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Matthew 12:38
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."

Treasury of Scripture

For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

For by.

Proverbs 13:3
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

justified.

James 2:21-25
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? …







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

by
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

words
λόγων (logōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

you will be acquitted,
δικαιωθήσῃ (dikaiōthēsē)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1344: From dikaios; to render just or innocent.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

by
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

words
λόγων (logōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

you will be condemned.”
καταδικασθήσῃ (katadikasthēsē)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2613: To condemn, pass sentence upon. From kata and a derivative of dike; to adjudge against, i.e. Pronounce guilty.
(37) By thy words thou shalt be justified.--Stripped of the after-thoughts which have gathered round it in the later controversies of theologians, the word "justified" means, as its position here shows, the opposite of "condemned," the being "acquitted" either on a special charge or on a general trial of character. In this sense we are able to understand (without entering into the labyrinth of logomachies in which commentators on the Epistles have too often entangled themselves) how it is that men are said to be justified by faith (Romans 3:28 et al.), justified by works (James 2:24), justified--as here--by words. All three--faith, works, words--are alike elements of a man's character, making or showing what he is. Faith, implying trust and therefore love, justifies as the root element of character; "words," as its most spontaneous manifestation; works, as its more permanent results. Of the words and the works men can in some measure judge, and they are the tests by which a man should judge himself. The faith which lies deeper in the life is known only to God, and it is therefore by faith rather than by works that a man is justified before God, though the faith is no true faith unless it moulds the character and therefore enables the man to pass the other tests also.

Verse 37. - For by (ἐκ) - referring to, as it were, the source of the verdict - thy words (τῶν λόγοι σου); thy, individualizing. Ob-nerve the change from ῤῆμα (ver. 36), which might in itself refer to the utterance of a madman, or to a parrot-like quotation. But by here using λόγοι our Lord shows that he is thinking of utterances of the reason. sentences spoken with a knowledge of their meaning, and forming parts of what are virtually, though not literally, discourses. A ῤῆμα may be the merely mechanical utterance of the lips, λόγοι imply consciousness. The presence of λόγον in the preceding clause is probably entirely accidental. Thou shalt be justified (Matthew 11:19, note) - 'Quid enim aliud sermones sancti quam tides sonans" (Calovius, in Meyer) - and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (ver. 7, 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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