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.
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:
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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But I say unto you ... - Christ closes this address to his malignant and wicked hearers by a solemn declaration that for these things God would bring them into judgment. Therefore. They who had spoken so malignantly against him, could not escape.
Idle word - This literally means a vain, thoughtless, useless word; a word that accomplishes no good. Here it means, evidently, "wicked, injurious, false, malicious, for such" were the words which they had spoken.
Library'A Greater than Jonas'
'A greater than Jonas is here.'--MATT. xii. 41. There never was any man in his right mind, still more of influence on his fellows, who made such claims as to himself in such unmistakable language as Jesus Christ does. To say such things of oneself as come from His lips is a sign of a weak, foolish nature. It is fatal to all influence, to all beauty of character. It is not only that He claims official attributes as a fanatical or dishonest pretender to inspiration may do. He does that, but He does …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
On the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xii. 32, "Whosoever Shall Speak a Word against the Holy Spirit, it Shall not be Forgiven Him, Neither In
Blasphemous Accusations of the Jews.
Sign Seekers, and the Enthusiast Reproved.
"Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
"Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
"For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.
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