|Offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.|
|The good man, out of his good treasure, brings forth good things, and the evil man, out of his evil treasure, brings forth evil things.|
|And I say to you that every idle word which men shall speak, they will render an account concerning it in the day of judgment.|
|For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.|
The Greek word rendered “idle” is argos, composed of two words: a meaning not, and ergon meaning work. An idle word is a non-working word, an inoperative word, having no positive function, useless, unprofitable, unfruitful, and barren. In the day of judgment, those who speak such words will render account concerning every one of them. Since this is the case, how much more must man account for every wicked word!
The Lord seemed to be telling the opposers, “Be careful with your speaking. Every idle word, every unimportant word, will be judged. There will be a day of judgment, and whatever you say will be judged at that time.” This is a very serious matter.