Chapter 7Matthew

7

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye measure, it shall be measured to you. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in the eye of thy :brother; but considerest not the beam that is in thine :eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy :brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine :eye; and lo, the beam is in thine :eye? 5 Hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine :eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of the eye of thy :brother. 6 Give not what is :holy to the dogs, neither cast your :pearls before the swine, lest haply they shall trample them under their feet, and should turn and rend you. 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and who seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it is being opened. 9 Or what man of you, who, if his :son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone; 10 or also if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If ye therefore, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your :children, how much more shall your :Father who is in the heavens give good things to them that ask him? 12 All things therefore whatsoever ye would that :men should do to you, thus do ye also to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13 Enter ye by the narrow gate: for wide and spacious is the way that leadeth unto the destruction, and many are they that enter thereby. 14 Because narrow the gate, and straitened the way that leadeth unto the life, and few are they that find it. 15 Beware of the false prophets, who come unto you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16 By their :fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Thus every good tree bringeth forth good fruits; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruits. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruits. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into fire. 20 Surely then by their :fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of the heavens; but who doeth the will of my :Father who is in the heavens. 22 Many will say to me in that :day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in thy :name, and in thy :name cast out demons, and in thy :name do many †mighty works? 23 And then will I profess to them [that] I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work :lawlessness.

24 Every one therefore who heareth these my words, and doeth them, shall be likened to a wise man, who built his :house upon the rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the †floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that :house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. 26 And every one that heareth these my words, and doeth them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his :house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the †floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that :house; and it fell: and great was its :fall.

28 And it came to pass, when :Jesus ended these :words, the crowds were astonished at his :teaching: 29 for he was teaching them as having authority, and not as their :scribes.

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