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Matthew 7

New International Reader’s Version

1 ‘Do not judge other people. Then you will not be judged. 2 You will be judged in the same way you judge others. You will be measured in the same way you measure others. 3 ‘You look at the bit of sawdust in your friend’s eye. But you pay no attention to the piece of wood in your own eye. 4 How can you say to your friend, “Let me take the bit of sawdust out of your eye”? How can you say this while there is a piece of wood in your own eye? 5 You pretender! First take the piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you will be able to see clearly to take the bit of sawdust out of your friend’s eye. 6 ‘Do not give holy things to dogs. Do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they might walk all over them. They might turn round and tear you to pieces. 7 ‘Ask, and it will be given to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find. The door will be opened to the one who knocks. 9 ‘Suppose your son asks for bread. Which of you will give him a stone? 10 Or suppose he asks for a fish. Which of you will give him a snake? 11 Even though you are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 In everything, do to others what you would want them to do to you. This is what is written in the Law and in the Prophets. 13 ‘Enter God’s kingdom through the narrow gate. The gate is large and the road is wide that leads to ruin. Many people go that way. 14 But the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life. Only a few people find it. 15 ‘Watch out for false prophets. They come to you pretending to be sheep. But on the inside they are hungry wolves. 16 You can tell each tree by its fruit. Do people pick grapes from bushes? Do they pick figs from thorns? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit. But a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t bear bad fruit. And a bad tree can’t bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down. It is thrown into the fire. 20 You can tell each tree by its fruit. 21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do what my Father in heaven wants will enter. 22 Many will say to me on that day, “Lord! Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we drive out demons in your name? Didn’t we do many miracles in your name?” 23 Then I will tell them clearly, “I never knew you. Get away from me, you who do evil!” 24 ‘So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock. 25 The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. But it does not fall. It is built on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man. He builds his house on sand. 27 The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. And it falls with a loud crash.’ 28 Jesus finished saying all these things. The crowds were amazed at his teaching. 29 That’s because he taught like one who had authority. He did not speak like their teachers of the law.

Matthew 7

English Standard Version

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. (Lu 6:37; Lu 6:41; Ro 14:13; 1Co 4:5; Jas 5:9) 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (Jud 1:7; Mr 4:24; Ro 2:1; Ro 2:3; Ro 14:10; Jas 2:13; Jas 4:11) 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (Joh 8:7) 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. (Pr 9:7; Pr 23:9; Mt 13:46; Mt 15:26; Php 3:2; Re 22:15) 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 15:2; Pr 8:17; Isa 55:6; Jer 29:13; Mt 18:19; Mt 21:22; Mr 11:24; Lu 11:9; Joh 14:13; Joh 15:7; Joh 15:16; Joh 16:23; Jas 1:5; Jas 1:17; 1Jo 3:22; 1Jo 5:14; Re 3:20) 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? (Mt 4:3) 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Ge 6:5; Ge 8:21; Mt 7:7; Mt 12:34) 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Mt 22:40; Lu 6:31) 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[1] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (Lu 13:24) 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Ps 16:11; Mt 18:8; Lu 13:23; Joh 14:6) 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (De 13:1; Jer 14:14; Jer 23:16; Eze 22:27; Mic 3:5; Mt 24:11; Mt 24:24; Mr 13:22; Lu 6:26; Joh 10:12; Ac 13:6; Ac 20:29; 2Pe 2:1; 1Jo 4:1) 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (Lu 6:43; Jas 2:18) 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. (Mt 12:33) 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Mt 3:10) 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (Mt 7:16) 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Ho 8:2; Mt 12:50; Lu 6:46; Joh 3:3; Joh 3:5; Ro 2:13; Jas 1:22) 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ (Nu 24:4; Mal 3:17; Mt 25:11; Mr 9:38; Lu 13:25; Joh 11:51; 1Co 13:2) 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Ps 5:5; Ps 6:8; Ps 101:4; Mt 7:22; Mt 10:33; Mt 13:41; Mt 25:41) 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Eze 13:10; Mt 25:2; Lu 6:47) 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. (Mt 7:24) 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, (Mt 13:54; Mt 22:33; Mr 1:22; Mr 6:2; Mr 11:18; Lu 4:32; Ac 13:12) 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. (Joh 7:46)