But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Consider some of the ways by which words minister to our condemnation.
I. At the head of the list we must put PROFANE SWEARING.
II. Another way in which we expose ourselves to God's displeasure is by FOOLISH WALKING (Ephesians 5:4).
III. Another example of the improper use of the gift of speech is an indulgence in the PETULANT AND COMPLAINING LANGUAGE which so often destroys the harmony of private life.
IV. A fourth illustration of our text is found in the case of MISREPRESENTATION AND SLANDERS.
V. ANGRY WORDS may endanger our salvation.
(J. H. Norton.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.