37 But make sure your statement is, ‘[a]Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is [b]of (A)evil origin.

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  1. Matthew 5:37 I.e., a clear “yes” or “no”
  2. Matthew 5:37 Or from the evil one

37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’;(A) anything beyond this comes from the evil one.[a](B)

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  1. Matthew 5:37 Or from evil

37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

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28 Even a fool, when he (A)keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

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28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
    and discerning if they hold their tongues.(A)

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28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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11 A (A)fool [a]always loses his temper,
But a (B)wise person holds it back.

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  1. Proverbs 29:11 Lit sends forth all his spirit

11 Fools give full vent to their rage,(A)
    but the wise bring calm in the end.(B)

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11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

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21 (A)Death and life are in the [a]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its (B)fruit.

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  1. Proverbs 18:21 Lit hand

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,(A)
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.(B)

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21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

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36 But I tell you that for every [a]careless word that people [b]speak, they will give an account of it on the (A)day of judgment. 37 For [c]by your words you will be justified, and [d]by your words you will be condemned.”

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  1. Matthew 12:36 Or useless
  2. Matthew 12:36 Lit will speak
  3. Matthew 12:37 Or in accordance with
  4. Matthew 12:37 Or in accordance with

36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”(A)

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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.

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26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, yet does not [a](A)bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

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  1. James 1:26 Or control

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues(A) deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

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26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

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19 [a](A)You know this, (B)my beloved brothers and sisters. Now everyone must be quick to hear, (C)slow to speak, and (D)slow to anger;

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  1. James 1:19 Or Know this

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters,(A) take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak(B) and slow to become angry,

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19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

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And (A)the tongue is a fire, the very world of unrighteousness; the tongue is set among [a]our body’s parts as that which (B)defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of our [b]life, and is set on fire by [c](C)hell. For every [d]species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human [e]race. But no one among mankind can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of (D)deadly poison.

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  1. James 3:6 Lit our parts
  2. James 3:6 Or existence, origin
  3. James 3:6 Gr Gehenna
  4. James 3:7 Lit nature
  5. James 3:7 Lit nature