New Living Translation
A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit.
King James Bible
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Darby Bible Translation
A good tree cannot produce bad fruits, nor a worthless tree produce good fruits.
World English Bible
A good tree can't produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.
Young's Literal Translation
A good tree is not able to yield evil fruits, nor a bad tree to yield good fruits.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither a corrupt tree good fruit - But it is certain, the goodness or badness here mentioned respects the doctrine, rather than the personal character. For a bad man preaching the good doctrine here delivered, is sometimes an instrument of converting sinners to God. Yet I do not aver, that all are true prophets who speak the truth, and thereby convert sinners. I only affirm, that none are such who do not.
LibraryOn the Words of the Gospel, Matt. vii. 7, "Ask, and it Shall be Given You;" Etc. An Exhortation to Alms-Deeds.
1. In the lesson of the Holy Gospel the Lord hath exhorted us to prayer. "Ask," saith He, "and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  Or if he ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If ye then," …
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament
Known by their Fruits.
A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.
So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.
"A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit.
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