Matthew 12:34

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being euil, speake good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You offspring of snakes, how are you, being evil, able to say good things? because out of the heart's store come the words of the mouth.
- Basic English Bible

Offspring of vipers! how can ye speak good things, being wicked? For of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
- Darby Bible

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

O vipers' brood, how can you speak what is good when you are evil? For it is from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks.
- Weymouth Bible

You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
- World English Bible

Ye generacioun of eddris, hou moun ye speke goode thingis, whanne ye ben yuele? For the mouth spekith of plente of the herte.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Brood of vipers! how are ye able to speak good things -- being evil? for out of the abundance of the heart doth the mouth speak.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:34


12:34 In another kind likewise, the tree is known by its fruit - Namely, the heart by the conversation.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 12:34


Mt 12:34,35 Generation of vipers. Poisonous, evil and dangerous, like vipers. How can ye, etc.? Their hearts were thoroughly evil, hence they could only speak and do evil, for "out of the good treasure of the heart the mouth speaketh". On the other hand, the "good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things".

Discussion for Matthew 12:34

  • Evangelist Morris for verse 34
    I find in my experience with people who claim to be born again that they can look and play the part well, but at some point of spending time around them I see through The Spirit

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