Matthew 7:14
New International Version
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

New Living Translation
But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

English Standard Version
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Berean Study Bible
But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Berean Literal Bible
For small is the gate and narrow the way leading to life, and few are those finding it.

New American Standard Bible
"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

King James Bible
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Christian Standard Bible
How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

Contemporary English Version
But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.

Good News Translation
But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

International Standard Version
How narrow is the gate and how constricted is the road that leads to life, and there aren't many people who find it!"

NET Bible
But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

New Heart English Bible
How narrow is the gate, and difficult is the way that leads to life. Few are those who find it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How narrow is the gate and strict the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.

New American Standard 1977
“For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because narrow is the gate, and confined is the way which leads unto life, and there are few that find it.

King James 2000 Bible
Because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.

American King James Version
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.

American Standard Version
For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

Darby Bible Translation
For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.

English Revised Version
For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few be they that find it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there are that find it.

Weymouth New Testament
because narrow is the gate and contracted the road which leads to Life, and few are those who find it.

World English Bible
How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.

Young's Literal Translation
how strait is the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it!
Study Bible
The Narrow Gate
13Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.…
Cross References
Psalm 16:11
You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

Isaiah 35:8
And there will be a highway called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not travel it, only those who walk in that Way--and fools will not stray onto it.

Matthew 7:13
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Treasury of Scripture

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.

because.

Matthew 16:24,25
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me…

Proverbs 4:26,27
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established…

Proverbs 8:20
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

and few.

Matthew 20:16
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 22:14
For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 25:1-12
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom…







Lexicon
But
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

small [is]
στενὴ (stenē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4728: Narrow, strait. Probably from the base of histemi; narrow.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

gate
πύλη (pylē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4439: A gate. Apparently a primary word; a gate, i.e. The leaf or wing of a folding entrance.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

narrow
τεθλιμμένη (tethlimmenē)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2346: (a) I make narrow (strictly: by pressure); I press upon, (b) I persecute, press hard. Akin to the base of tribos; to crowd.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

way
ὁδὸς (hodos)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3598: A way, road, journey, path. Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication, a progress; figuratively, a mode or means.

that
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

leads
ἀπάγουσα (apagousa)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 520: To lead, carry, take away; met: To be led astray, seduced. From apo and ago; to take off.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

life,
ζωήν (zōēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

only a few
ὀλίγοι (oligoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3641: Puny; especially neuter somewhat.

find
εὑρίσκοντες (heuriskontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

it.
αὐτήν (autēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(14) Narrow is the way.--Literally, pressed, or hemmed in between walls or rocks, like the pathway in a mountain gorge.

Which leadeth unto life.--Noteworthy as the first passage in our Lord's recorded teaching in which the word "life" appears as summing up all the blessedness of the kingdom. The idea is developed as we advance; the life becomes "eternal," and finally we are taught that the eternal life consists in the true and perfect knowledge of God and Christ (John 17:2-3).

Few there be that find it.--The sad contrast between the many and the few runs through all our Lord's teaching. He comes to "save the world," and yet those whom He chooses out of the world are but as a "little flock." They are to preach the gospel, and yet the result will be but discord and division. The picture is a dark one, and yet it represents but too faithfully the impression made, I do not say on Calvinist or even Christian, but on any ethical teacher, by the actual state of mankind around us. They are, for the most part, unconscious of the greatness of their lives, and of the interests at stake in them. If there is any wider hope, it is found in hints and suggestions of the possibilities of the future (1Peter 3:19; 1Peter 4:6); in the fact that the words used are emphatically present; in the belief that the short span of this life is not necessarily the whole of the discipline of a soul made for eternity; and that the new life, nascent, and feeble, and stunted here, may be quickened by some new process of education into higher energies.

Verse 14. - Because (ὅτι); for (Revised Version); "many ancient authorities read, How narrow is the gate, etc." (Revised Version margin). The reading, "how" (τί) is much easier, as avoiding the difficulty of the connexion of this verse with the preceding, but probably ὅτι is right. The connexion is either that it is parallel to the first ὅτι, and thus gives a second reason for decision in entering through the narrow gate; or, and better, that it gives the reason for the statement in ver. 13b - many pass along the wrong way because the right way requires at the very outset so much determination and afterwards so much self denial. Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way; narrow is the gate, and straitened the way (Revised Version). Not only is the gate narrow, but the way itself seems compressed (τεθλιμμένη) by rocks, etc., on either side. That leadeth unto life (εἰς τὴν ζωήν). Observe, Christ does not say, "life eternal." He only cares to emphasize the thought of life in the fullest nature of life - life as "the fulfilment of the highest idea of being: perfect truth in perfect action" (Bishop Westcott, on 1 John 3:14). And few there be that; Revised Version, and few be they that (ver. 13, note). Our Lord here affirms more than the disciples ask in Luke 13:23; for there the question deals with those in a state of salvation (οἱ σωζόμενοι), here those finally saved. Find it; i.e. the gate and all it leads to. The narrow gate is here looked at as involving life. Find. It needs a search (contrast ver. 13). But there is the promise of ver. 7, "Seek, and ye shall find." 7:12-14 Christ came to teach us, not only what we are to know and believe, but what we are to do; not only toward God, but toward men; not only toward those of our party and persuasion, but toward men in general, all with whom we have to do. We must do that to our neighbour which we ourselves acknowledge to be fit and reasonable. We must, in our dealings with men, suppose ourselves in the same case and circumstances with those we have to do with, and act accordingly. There are but two ways right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven and the way to hell; in the one or other of these all are walking: there is no middle place hereafter, no middle way now. All the children of men are saints or sinners, godly or ungodly. See concerning the way of sin and sinners, that the gate is wide, and stands open. You may go in at this gate with all your lusts about you; it gives no check to appetites or passions. It is a broad way; there are many paths in it; there is choice of sinful ways. There is a large company in this way. But what profit is there in being willing to go to hell with others, because they will not go to heaven with us? The way to eternal life is narrow. We are not in heaven as soon as we are got through the strait gate. Self must be denied, the body kept under, and corruptions mortified. Daily temptations must be resisted; duties must be done. We must watch in all things, and walk with care; and we must go through much tribulation. And yet this way should invite us all; it leads to life: to present comfort in the favour of God, which is the life of the soul; to eternal bliss, the hope of which at the end of our way, should make all the difficulties of the road easy to us. This plain declaration of Christ has been disregarded by many who have taken pains to explain it away; but in all ages the real disciple of Christ has been looked on as a singular, unfashionable character; and all that have sided with the greater number, have gone on in the broad road to destruction. If we would serve God, we must be firm in our religion. Can we often hear of the strait gate and the narrow way, and how few there are that find it, without being in pain for ourselves, or considering whether we are entered on the narrow way, and what progress we are making in it?
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