New Living Translation
Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
King James Bible
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Darby Bible Translation
By their fruits then surely ye shall know them.
World English Bible
Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.
Young's Literal Translation
therefore from their fruits ye shall know them.
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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.
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
"A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.
A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.
Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can't draw fresh water from a salty spring.
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