New International Version
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Every idle word - Ρημα αργον, a word that does nothing, that neither ministers grace nor instruction to them who hear it. The word αργον corresponds to the Hebrew שוא shave, which signifies not only vain or empty, but also wicked and injurious, such as a false testimony against a neighbor, compare Deuteronomy 5:11, Deuteronomy 5:20. Add to this, that Symmachus translates פגול piggul, polluted, Leviticus 19:7, by the very Greek word in the text. It was to explain this ambiguous meaning of the word, that ten MSS. have changed αργον into πονηρον, evil. Our Lord must be understood here as condemning all false and injurious words: the scope of the place necessarily requires this meaning.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
idle word. [Rhema,] [argos,] i.e., [ergo--work/act/deed,] from a, privative, and [ergon,] work, a word that produces no good effect, and is not calculated to produce any. Discourse, says Dr. Doddridge, 'tending to innocent mirth, to exhilarate the spirits, is not idle discourse; as the time spent in necessary recreation is not idle time.'
LibraryAn Attempt to Account for Jesus
'But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the demons.'--MATT. xii. 24. Mark's Gospel tells us that this astonishing explanation of Christ and His work was due to the ingenious malice of an ecclesiastical deputation, sent down from Jerusalem to prevent the simple folk in Galilee from being led away by this new Teacher. They must have been very hard put to it to explain undeniable but unwelcome facts, when they hazarded such a preposterous …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
'A Greater than Solomon'
What are Evidences of Backsliding in Heart.
Lesser and Fuller Forms.
Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
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