Matt 12:34-37 – 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. 37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. The word viper is speaking of poisonous snakes of which there are many different kinds in the lands of which the bible was written. Some of the vipers are very poisonous while others not as much.
Jer 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? The venom from mankinds mouth, come from the heart of man, being blinded and manipulated by the devil to utter poisonous words that are meant to do great harm to those who become the pray of the devil caught in a snare, to do the devils will. Eph 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. The devils desire is to cause these words from family, friends, and other relationships to hinder God from using these harmed by words to labor for Him in this world bringing glory to Father through the Son. John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy through the poison of words, affecting both the one brings them and those that receive them. Note in Matt 12:36-37 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Idle word means inactive, unemployed; (by implication) lazy, useless, or barren. God seeks to employ our words, “what we say”, to manifest, build and grow His kingdom on the earth, and only the gainful employment of our words, with faith and love can bring forth justification and righteousness, bringing eternal life. James 3:2-8 – For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Ask yourself; our my words gainfully employed to glorify the Father through the Son.
Matt 5:22 – But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Angry means to provoke or enrage, or become exasperated and from this comes the poison of this anger and they strike out at the one who angers them. With both sinning against God. Judgment means to separate for a decision (by church elders), but also divine judgment. Raca means senseless, empty-headed man; raca was a word of utter contempt, signifying “empty,” intellectually rather than morally, “empty-headed,” it was worse than being angry. Danger of council means any assembly, whether convened to deliberate or to pass judgment. Thou fool means dull, sluggish, stupid; here the word means morally worthless, a scoundrel, a more serious reproach than “Raca”; the latter scorns a man’s mind and calls him stupid; thou fool scorns the heart and character; hence the Lord’s more severe condemnation.
Gal 5:13-16 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15) But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16) I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. To bite means, to wound the soul, cut, lacerate, rend/tear apart with reproaches. How many wounded souls are in this world being birthed from the words of family, friends and strangers even church members? How many times has this happened to us and we as God’s people, don’t forgive those who wounded us. Rather we should pray for them, forgiving them that we continue in the Lords grace working in us. The venom of the weak should not be able to harm those strong in the Lords grace and Spirit. The venom of words starts at an early age and follows the wounded, most if not all of their lives, but shouldn’t hinder born again Christians who are filled with the Spirit of God and love for Peter says in 1 Peter 4:8 – And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Isa 58:9 – Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity. Yoke means yoke-bar; used of oppression, also trouble, wickedness, affliction, evil, mischief, unjustness, unrighteousness. Vanity characterizes the way of life of those who are without God: For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail” And how does all this evil happen? By the words of the wicked and even Christians who have no knowledge on how much God hates these idle poisonous words, unfazed by the oppression and affliction it brings millions of people. THESE TRULY ARE IN DANGER OF HELL FIRE! Isa 59:3-5 – For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 4) None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 5) They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Cockatrice means a viper (as thrusting out the tongue, hissing); a poisonous serpent. Don’t get caught up in strife and angry or vindictive words for if we partake of these eggs we will perish!
Prov 18:20-21 – A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Righteousness is a progressive work that is a labor of words manifesting by our faith bringing the fruit of from our lips. They will either justify us of condemn us. Our words can condemn us and cut us off from our earthly and eternal rewards being used by the devil to steal, kill and destroy, but for those laboring in righteousness by faith that will be revealed are blessed forever, both here in this life and eternally. Prov 13:2-3 – A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 3) He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. We eat the good fruit of our mouth, is speaking about growing spiritually and receiving the benefits of this spiritual growth both earthly and heavenly.
Prov 12:13-14 – The wicked is snared by the transgression/rebellion of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 14) A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. Many Christians are rebellious in their words and without repentance for they have no knowledge of what the word of God says about our words, nor the effect, both positive and negative they can have upon our lives earthly and eternal. Prov 10:20-21 – The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. 21) The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. Our words our precious unto God, actively employed for the building up of His church and kingdom on the earth.
Prov 18:6-7 – A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7) A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. This shows us that words will either be to our edification or our destruction. Prov 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. The more we open our mouth to speak, the greater the probability that idle words will flow out, unrestrained, bringing greater condemnation, causing faith and righteousness to be cut off from them. Eccl 10:12-14 – The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13)) The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14) A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? Did we know that our words can swallow us up? This is what the devil desires, to keep our words from being a threat unto him, keeping Christians in the snare of their own words, condemned, not even knowing it. Take note, what will swallow us up, words of life or words of death?
Isa 57:19 – I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. Paul’s request in Eph 6:19 – And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. Ps 141:3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.