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34 But you who are known as the Pharisees are rotten to the core like venomous snakes.[a] How can your words be good if you are rotten within? For what has been stored up in your hearts will be heard in the overflow of your words![b]

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  1. 12:34 Or “You are the sons of snakes”; that is, their inner identity was like a striking, venomous viper.
  2. 12:34 The Hebrew Matthew reads, “Truly the heart awakens and the mouth speaks.”