Matthew 7
New Heart English Bible
1"Do not judge, so that you won't be judged. 2For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. 3And 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? 4Or how will you tell your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye;' and look, the log is in your own eye? 5You hypocrite. First remove the log out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.

6"Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, or they will trample them under their feet and turn and tear you to pieces.

7"Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or who is there among you, who, if his son will ask him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he will ask for a fish, who will give him a serpent? 11If you then, being 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.

12Therefore whatever you desire for people to do to you, so also you should do to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13"Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. 14How narrow is the gate, and difficult is the way that leads to life. Few are those who find it.

15"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 19Every tree that does not grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. 20Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

21Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will tell me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did not we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?' 23And then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.'

24"Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, will be compared to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. 25And the rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26And 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. 27And the rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."

28And it happened, when Jesus had finished saying these things, that the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29for he taught them with authority, and not like their scribes.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2022

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