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Matthew 7

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Don’t Judge Other People
1“Don’t judge other people, or you’ll be judged yourself. 2You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the measure you use for others will be used for you.
3“Why do you look at the bit of sawdust in your friend’s eye but pay no attention to the chunk of wood in your own eye? 4How can you say to your friend, ‘Let me take the bit of sawdust out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your own eye? 5You hypocrite! First take the piece of wood out of your own eye, and then you’ll be able to see to take the bit of sawdust out of your friend’s eye.
6“Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may stomp all over them and then turn around and tear you to pieces.
Ask, Seek, Knock
7“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks.
9“Suppose your son asks for bread. Which of you would give him a stone? 10Or suppose he asks for a fish. Which of you would give him a snake? 11Even people who are bad know how to give good gifts to their children. How much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him! 12In everything, do to others what you would want them to do to you. That sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Large and Small Gates
13“Enter through the narrow gate. The gate is large and the road is wide that leads to ruin. Many people go that way. 14But the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life. Only a few people find it.
True and False Prophets
15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you disguised as sheep, but on the inside they’re hungry wolves. 16You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree can’t bear bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t bear good fruit. 19Every tree that doesn’t bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.
True and False Disciples
21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord! Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we drive out demons? Didn’t we do many miracles?’ 23But I will tell them outright, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me—you didn’t follow God’s ways!’
Put Jesus’ Words into Practice
24“So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise person who built a house on a rock. 25The rain came down, the water rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t fall, because it was built on a rock. 26Everyone who hears my words but doesn’t put them into practice is like a foolish person who built a house on the sand. 27The rain came down, the water rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a loud crash.”
28When Jesus had finished saying all these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching. 29He taught like one who had authority, and not like their teachers of the law.
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Judging others
(Luke 6.37,38,41,42)
Jesus said:
1Don't condemn others, and God won't condemn you. 2God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them.#Mk 4.24.
3You can see the speck in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the log in your own eye. 4How can you say, “My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you don't see the log in your own eye? 5You're nothing but show-offs! First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend's eye.
6Don't give to dogs what belongs to God. They will only turn and attack you. Don't throw pearls down in front of pigs. They will trample all over them.
Ask, search, knock
(Luke 11.9-13)
Jesus continued:
7Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8Everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks. 9Would any of you give your hungry child a stone, if the child asked for some bread? 10Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish? 11As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give good things to people who ask.
12Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets#7.12 the Law and the Prophets: See the note at 5.17. are all about.#Lk 6.31.
The narrow gate
(Luke 13.24)
Jesus continued:
13Go in through the narrow gate. The gate to destruction is wide, and the road that leads there is easy to follow. A lot of people go through that gate. 14But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.
A tree and its fruit
(Luke 6.43-45)
Jesus continued:
15Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you. 16You can tell what they are by what they do. No one picks grapes or figs from thorn bushes. 17A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. 19Every tree that produces bad fruit will be chopped down and burnt.#Mt 3.10; Lk 3.9. 20You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds.#Mt 12.33.
A warning
(Luke 13.26,27)
Jesus continued:
21Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in. 22On the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, “We preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and performed many miracles.” 23But I will tell them, “I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!”#Ps 6.8.
Two builders
(Luke 6.47-49)
Jesus continued:
24Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock. 25Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on solid rock.
26Anyone who hears my teachings and doesn't obey them is like a foolish person who built a house on sand. 27The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat against that house. Finally, it fell with a crash.
28When Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were surprised at his teaching.#Mk 1.22; Lk 4.32. 29He taught them like someone with authority, and not like their teachers of the Law of Moses.