But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
I. What does our Lord call an idle word? Some understand unprofitable words; others false, reproachful, hurtful words; and this latter meaning may be preferred.
II. How can men be justified by their words, if they are good; and condemned by them, if evil?
III. The reasonableness of justifying or condemning men by their words. One reason is, that a great deal is in the power of the tongue. Another is, that as men's words are so are their hearts.
1. No one may hence infer that he may be saved by a fair profession of religion without good works.
2. Here is a mark which may be of good use for determining our sincerity or insincerity.
3. The doctrine of the text teaches us to be careful of our words.
4. We may hence discern that the Lord Jesus was a most excellent person — "Never man spake like Him."
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.