Matthew 7

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1 Judge not, that· you be ·not judged.

2 For in what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and in what measure you measure, it shall be measured·​·back to you.

3 And why dost thou look·​·at the bit·​·of·​·straw* in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Permit me to cast·​·out the bit·​·of·​·straw from thine eye, and behold, the beam is in thine own eye?

5 Hypocrite, first cast·​·out the beam out·​·of thine own eye, and then thou shalt look·​·carefully to cast·​·out the bit·​·of·​·straw out·​·of thy brother’s eye.

6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls in·​·front·​·of swine, lest they trample them by their feet, and turning tear you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

8 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask for bread, will give him a stone?

10 And if he ask for a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how·​·much more shall your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those who ask Him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever you will that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13 Enter ye in through the tight gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads·​·away into destruction, and there are many who come·​·in through it,

14 because tight is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads into life, and there are few who find it.

15 And beware ye of false·​·prophets, who come to you in sheep’s raiment, but inside they are rapacious wolves.

16 From their fruits you shall know them. Do men collect grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

17 So every good tree makes good fruits; but a rotten tree makes bad fruits.

18 A good tree cannot make bad fruits; neither can a rotten tree make good fruits.

19 Every tree not making good fruit is cut·​·down, and cast into the fire.

20 Therefore from their fruits you shall know them.

21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he who does the will of My Father who is in the heavens.

22 Many shall say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name cast·​·out demons, and in Thy name done many works of power?

23 And then I will profess to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you who work iniquity.

24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a prudent man, who built his house on the rock.

25 And the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew, and they fell·​·upon* that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them not, shall be·​·likened to a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.

27 And the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew, and beat·​·upon that house, and it fell, and the fall of it was great.

28 And it came·​·to·​·pass when Jesus had ended these words, the crowds wondered at His teaching.

29 For He was teaching them as One having authority, and not as the scribes.

  
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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.