Matthew Chapter 12, Verse 36

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36: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.— edit KJV text
36: But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.— edit Douay text


But I say unto you, etc. Jesus closes this address to his malignant and wicked hearers by a solemn declaration that for these things God would bring them into judgment. They, therefore, who had spoken so malignantly against him, could not escape.

Idle word. This literally means a vain, thoughtless, useless word, that accomplishes no good. Here it means, evidently, wicked and injurious, false and malicious; for such were the words which they had spoken.

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