A Tree and Its Fruit

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad[a] and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.(A) 34 Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow(B) of the heart. 35 A good man produces good things from his storeroom of good,[b] and an evil man produces evil things from his storeroom of evil.(C) 36 I tell you that on the day of judgment(D) people will have to account(E) for every careless word they speak.[c] 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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  1. Matthew 12:33 Or decayed; lit rotten
  2. Matthew 12:35 Other mss read from the storehouse of his heart
  3. Matthew 12:36 Lit will speak