Matthew 12:36-37

36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:36 in Other Translations

KJV
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
ESV
36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
NLT
36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.
MSG
36 Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously.
CSB
36 I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.

Matthew 12:36-37 In-Context

34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”
39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Job 15:6; Proverbs 10:14; Proverbs 18:21; James 3:2
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