The Gospel according to Matthew

7:1“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.17:2For whatever judgment you make may be used to judge you, and whatever measurement you use will be used to measure you.7:3Why do you take note of the splinter in your brother or sister’s eye, while there is a whole plank of wood in your own eye?7:4How can you say to your sister or brother, ‘Here, let me get that splinter out of your eye’ while there’s a plank in your own eye?7:5Pedant! First get that plank out of your own eye so you can clearly see how to get the splinter out of your brother or sister’s eye.

7:6“Don’t give what is holy to those dogs; stop throwing your pearls in front of hogs, who will just trample on them and then turn and attack you.2

7:7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.7:8For all those who ask, receive; those who seek, find; to those who knock, the door will be opened.7:9After all, which of you would give your child a rock if they asked for bread?7:10Who would give them a snake if they asked for fish?7:11Now if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in the heavens give good things to those who ask him!7:12So to sum up, treat people the way you’d like them to treat you; this is what the Law and the Prophets are all about.

7:13“Go in through the narrow gate. There are many who go through the wide gate and travel the multi-lane highway to ruin.7:14But the difficult road to life is through the narrow gate, and few find it.

7:15“Beware of false prophets; they appear to be sheep, but on the inside they are ravenous wolves.7:16You can identify them by what they do: you don’t pick grapes from thorn bushes, and you don’t pick figs from thistles.7:17A good tree gives appealing fruit, but a rotten tree gives disgusting fruit,7:18and neither can produce the other’s fruit.7:19Trees that don’t make good fruit are chopped down and thrown into the fire.7:20So you can identify them by what they do.

7:21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Master, Master!’ will be admitted into the kingdom of the heavens, but only those who do what my Father in the heavens wants.7:22In that day, many will say to me, ‘Master, Master! Didn’t we prophesy in your name, and didn’t we throw out demons and perform many powerful deeds in your name?’7:23And I will have to reply, ‘I never knew you; get away from me, all you lawless people!’

7:24“So then, everyone who hears what I say and does it, is like a wise man who built his house on rock.7:25The rain came down on it, the water rushed toward it, and the wind blew against it, but it could not be knocked over since it was founded on rock.7:26But the one who hears what I say yet doesn’t do it, is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.7:27The rain came, the water rushed, and the wind blew, pounding against that house. It fell, and what a huge crash it was!”

7:28Now when Jesus had finished saying all these things, the crowd was awestruck by his teachings.7:29He taught with authority, not like their scripture scholars.

  1. 1“Don’t judge” is commonly taken out of context to mean “Never use discernment or stand against falsehood.” But Jesus indicates what he means by the rest of the passage: be careful how you judge, because that’s how you will be judged. (The implication is that Jesus is referring to God as the final judge.)
  2. 2Both these animals were known to “bite the hand that feeds them,” so the implication seems to be that we must not keep offering the Gospel to those who are hostile it. We should note that Jesus never spoke kindly to the Pharisees.