Matthew 12:34
New International Version
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

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.

English Standard Version
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Berean Study Bible
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Berean Literal Bible
Offspring of vipers, how are you able to speak good things, being evil? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

New American Standard Bible
"You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

New King James Version
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

Contemporary English Version
You are a bunch of evil snakes, so how can you say anything good? Your words show what is in your hearts.

Good News Translation
You snakes--how can you say good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

International Standard Version
You children of serpents! How can you say anything good when you are evil? The mouth speaks about what overflows from the heart.

NET Bible
Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart.

New Heart 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Offspring of vipers! How can you who are evil speak good things? For from the fulness of the heart the mouth speaks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You poisonous snakes! How can you evil people say anything good? Your mouth says what comes from inside you.

New American Standard 1977
“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

King James 2000 Bible
O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

American King James Version
O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

American Standard Version
Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil? 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.

English Revised Version
Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Webster's Bible Translation
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.

Weymouth New Testament
O vipers' brood, how can you speak what is good when you are evil? For it is from the overflow of the heart that 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.
Study Bible
Good and Bad Fruit
33Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. 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.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 24:13
As the old proverb says, 'Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.' But my hand will never be against you.

Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise man instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Isaiah 9:17
Therefore the Lord takes no pleasure in their young men; He has no compassion on their fatherless and widows. For every one of them is godless and wicked, and every mouth speaks folly. Despite all this, His anger is not turned away; His hand is still upraised.

Isaiah 32:6
For a fool speaks foolishness; his mind plots iniquity. He practices ungodliness and speaks falsely about the LORD; He leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.

Matthew 3:7
But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his place of baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Matthew 12:35
The 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.

Matthew 15:18
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man.

Matthew 23:33
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape the sentence of hell?

Luke 3:7
Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Luke 6:45
The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

Ephesians 5:4
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character, but rather thanksgiving.

James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body.

Treasury of Scripture

O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

generation.

Matthew 3:7
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Matthew 23:33
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Luke 3:7
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

how.

1 Samuel 24:13
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Psalm 10:6,7
He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity…

Psalm 52:2-5
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully…

for.

Luke 6:45
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.







Lexicon
You brood
γεννήματα (gennēmata)
Noun - Vocative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1081: Offspring, child, fruit. From gennao; offspring; by analogy, produce.

of vipers,
ἐχιδνῶν (echidnōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2191: A serpent, snake, viper. Of uncertain origin; an adder or other poisonous snake.

how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

can you
δύνασθε (dynasthe)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

who are
ὄντες (ontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

evil
πονηροὶ (ponēroi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4190: Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.

say
λαλεῖν (lalein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

anything good?
ἀγαθὰ (agatha)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

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

out of
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.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

overflow
περισσεύματος (perisseumatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4051: Abundance, overflow. From perisseuo; a surplus, or superabundance.

of the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

heart,
καρδίας (kardias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

mouth
στόμα (stoma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4750: The mouth, speech, eloquence in speech, the point of a sword.

speaks.
λαλεῖ (lalei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.
(34) O generation of vipers.--Better, as in Matthew 3:7, brood of vipers. Here the law which had been pressed in its logical bearing in the preceding verse, is brought in to explain the bitter and evil words of the Pharisees. As long as they were what they were, nothing else was to be looked for. Nothing but the serpent's hiss could come from the brood of vipers, nothing but bitter words from hearts so full of bitterness.

Verse 34. - The first clause is in Matthew only. O generation (ye offspring, Revised Version) of vipers (Matthew 3:7, note). Observe that the figure of the tree had also been used by the Baptist (Matthew 3:10). How can ye. It is against nature. Being evil; i.e. inherently worthless (Matthew 6:13, note); cf. πονηροὶ ὄντες, Matthew 7:11. Speak good things. For out of the abundance; i.e. even to overflowing (περίσσευμα: cf. Mark 8:8, of what remained after all were filled). Of the heart the mouth speaketh. In Ephesians 4:29 there is apparently a reminiscence of this saying in connexion with our ver. 33 (cf. also James 3:10-12). 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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