Matthew 7:24
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"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

King James Bible
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Darby Bible Translation
Whoever therefore hears these my words and does them, I will liken him to a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock;

World English Bible
"Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.

Young's Literal Translation
'Therefore, every one who doth hear of me these words, and doth do them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine - That is, the excellent doctrines laid down before in this and the two preceding chapters. There are several parables or similitudes like to this in the rabbins. I shall quote but the two following: -

Rabbi Eleasar said, "The man whose knowledge exceeds his works, to whom is he like? He is like a tree which had many branches, and only a few roots; and, when the stormy winds came, it was plucked up and eradicated. But he whose good works are greater than his knowledge, to what is he like? He is like a tree which had few branches, and many roots; so that all the winds of heaven could not move it from its place." Pirke Aboth.

Elisha, the son of Abuja, said, "The man who studies much in the law, and maintains good works, is like to a man who built a house, laying stones at the foundation, and building brick upon them; and, though many waters come against it, they cannot move it from its place. But the man who studies much in the law, and does not maintain good words, is like to a man who, in building his house, put brick at the foundation, and laid stones upon them, so that even gentle waters shall overthrow that house." Aboth Rab. Nath.

Probably our Lord had this or some parable in his eye: but how amazingly improved in passing through his hands! In our Lord's parable there is dignity, majesty, and point, which we seek for in vain in the Jewish archetype.

I will liken him unto a wise man - To a prudent man - ανδρι φρονιμω, to a prudent man, a man of sense and understanding, who, foreseeing the evil hideth himself, who proposes to himself the best end, and makes use of the proper means to accomplish it. True wisdom consists in getting the building of our salvation completed: to this end we must build on the Rock, Christ Jesus, and make the building firm, by keeping close to the maxims of his Gospel, and having our tempers and lives conformed to its word and spirit; and when, in order to this, we lean on nothing but the grace of Christ, we then build upon a solid rock.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

whosoever.

Matthew 7:7,8,13,14 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you...

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

*etc:

Matthew 5:28-32 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart...

Matthew 6:14,15,19 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you...

*etc:

Matthew 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Luke 6:47-49 Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like...

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

John 14:15,22-24 If you love me, keep my commandments...

John 15:10,14 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love...

Romans 2:6-9 Who will render to every man according to his deeds...

Galatians 5:6,7 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love...

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap...

James 1:21-27 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word...

James 2:17-26 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone...

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 3:22-24 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight...

1 John 5:3-5 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous...

Revelation 22:14,15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life...

a wise.

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Psalm 119:99,130 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation...

Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

James 3:13-18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom...

which.

1 Corinthians 3:10,11 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon...

Library
November 22. "Cast the Beam Out of Thine Own Eye" (Matt. vii. 5).
"Cast the beam out of thine own eye" (Matt. vii. 5). Greater than the fault you condemn and criticise is the sin of criticism and condemnation. There is no place we need such grace as in dealing with an erring one. A lady once called on us on her way to give an erring sister a piece of her mind. We advised her to wait until she could love her a little more. Only He who loved sinners well enough to die for them can deal with the erring. We never see all the heart. He does, and He can convict without
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Two Paths
'Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.'--MATT. vii. 13-14. A frank statement of the hardships and difficulties involved in a course of conduct does not seem a very likely way to induce men to adopt it, but it often proves so. There is something in human nature which responds to the bracing
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Mote and the Beam
That friend of ours has got something in his eye! Though it is only something tiny--what Jesus called a mote--how painful it is and how helpless he is until it is removed! It is surely our part as a friend to do all we can to remove it, and how grateful he is to us when we have succeeded in doing so. We should be equally grateful to him, if he did the same service for us. In the light of that, it seems clear that the real point of the well-known passage in Matthew 7:3-5 about the beam and the mote
Roy Hession and Revel Hession—The Calvary Road

Doctrine of Non-Resistance to Evil by Force must Inevitably be Accepted by Men of the Present Day.
Christianity is Not a System of Rules, but a New Conception of Life, and therefore it was Not Obligatory and was Not Accepted in its True Significance by All, but only by a Few--Christianity is, Moreover, Prophetic of the Destruction of the Pagan Life, and therefore of Necessity of the Acceptance of the Christian Doctrines--Non-resistance of Evil by Force is One Aspect of the Christian Doctrine, which must Inevitably in Our Times be Accepted by Men--Two Methods of Deciding Every Quarrel--First Method
Leo Tolstoy—The Kingdom of God is within you

Cross References
Proverbs 10:8
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:25
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

Proverbs 12:7
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.

Matthew 7:25
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Matthew 7:26
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Matthew 16:18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Matthew 24:45
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

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