Matthew 12:36: 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.
Idle word. This literally means a vain, thoughtless, useless word, that accomplishes no good. Here it means, evidently, wicked and injurious, false and malicious; for such were the words which they had spoken.
I believe that we shall not only give account for the idle words that we speak but also for those that we hear, read, mimic, believe, heed and are influenced by. (TV, gossip, liars, dirty jokes, unbiblical preachers, anti Bible and anti-God words come to mind.)
Proverbs 13:20: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
1 Corinthians 15:33: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Proverbs 10:19: In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Ecclesiastes 5:3: For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool*s voice is known by multitude of words.
James 3:2: 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.
James 2:18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Someone said: A moment of walk is better than an hour of talk.
James 3:6: And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
1 Peter 3:10: For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Luke 4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.