New Living Translation
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.
King James Bible
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Darby Bible Translation
Offspring of vipers! how can ye speak good things, being wicked? For of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
World English Bible
You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Young's Literal Translation
'Brood of vipers! how are ye able to speak good things -- being evil? for out of the abundance of the heart doth the mouth speak.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
12:34 In another kind likewise, the tree is known by its fruit - Namely, the heart by the conversation.
LibraryOn the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xii. 33, "Either Make the Tree Good, and Its Fruit Good," Etc.
1. The Lord Jesus hath admonished us, that we be good trees, and that so we may be able to bear good fruits. For He saith, "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt, for the tree is known by his fruit."  When He says, "Make the tree good, and his fruit good;" this of course is not an admonition, but a wholesome precept, to which obedience is necessary. But when He saith, "Make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt;" this is not a …
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As that old proverb says, 'From evil people come evil deeds.' So you can be sure I will never harm you.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.
That is why the Lord takes no pleasure in the young men and shows no mercy even to the widows and orphans. For they are all wicked hypocrites, and they all speak foolishness. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
For fools speak foolishness and make evil plans. They practice ungodliness and spread false teachings about the LORD. They deprive the hungry of food and give no water to the thirsty.
But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. "You brood of snakes!" he exclaimed. "Who warned you to flee God's coming wrath?
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.
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