Matthew Chapter 12, Verse 37

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37: For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.— edit KJV text
37: For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.— edit Douay text


By thy words thou shalt be justified, etc. That is, words shall be the indication of the true principles of the heart; by words the heart shall be known, as the tree is by its fruit. If they are true, proper, chaste, instructive, pious, they will prove that the heart is right. If false, envious, malignant, and impious, they will prove that the heart is wrong, and will therefore be among the causes of condemnation. It is not meant that words will be the only thing that will condemn man; but that they will be all important part of the things for which he shall be condemned. See Jam 3:3ff.

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