MATTHEW 12:34

out of the heart the mouth speaks

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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In this verse Jesus addresses the Pharisees who are criticizing him for healing a possessed man. Jesus tells them that their bad words are the result of a bad heart. See also, Matthew 12:34, “out of the abundance of the heart”.

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O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

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Matthew 12:34 Translation & Meaning

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O generation γεννήματα Offspring; by analogy, produce (literally or figuratively) O generation
of vipers, ἐχιδνῶν An adder or other poisonous snake (literally or figuratively) vipers
how πῶς An interrogative particle of manner; in what way? (sometimes the question is indirect, how?); also as exclamation, how much! how
can δύνασθε To be able or possible can
ye, δύνασθε To be able or possible ye
being ὄντες Being being
evil, πονηροὶ Hurtful, i.e., evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e., diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e., derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners evil
speak λαλεῖν To talk, i.e., utter words speak
good things? ἀγαθὰ "good" (in any sense, often as noun) good things
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
out ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) out
of περισσεύματος A surplus, or superabundance of
the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
abundance περισσεύματος A surplus, or superabundance abundance
of καρδίας The heart, i.e., (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle of
the τῆς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
heart καρδίας The heart, i.e., (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle heart
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
mouth στόμα The mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication, language (and its relations); figuratively, an opening (in the earth); specially, the front or edge (of a weapon) mouth
speaketh. λαλεῖ To talk, i.e., utter words speaketh

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  • 32  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

  • 33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

  • 34  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

  • 35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

  • 36  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.




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