Rash judgment and the profanation of holy things condemned.
Confidence in prayer, and earnest endeavours for salvation, recommended. Caution against false teachers. Perseverance in the
practice of Christian virtues.
1 Judge not, *that you may not be judged,
2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: *and with what
measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 Any why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not
the beam that is in thy own eye?
4 Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye:
and behold a beam is in thy own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thy own eye, and then
shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6 Give not that which is holy to dogs: neither cast ye your pearls before
swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, 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 every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and
to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
9 *Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread,
will he reach him a stone?
10 Or if he shall ask a fish, will he reach him a serpent?
11 If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children:
how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?
12 *All things, therefore, whatsoever you would that men should do to you,
do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.
13 *Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is
the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who enter by it.
14 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way, which leadeth to life:
and few there are who find it!
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes off thorns,
or figs off thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the bad tree
bringeth forth bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot yield bad fruit, neither can an bad tree yield good
19 *Every tree that yieldeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and
shall be cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
21 *Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father, who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied
in thy name, *and cast out devils in thy name, and done many wonderful works in thy name?
23 And then will I profess unto them: I never knew you: *depart from me,
you that work iniquity.
24 *Every one, therefore, that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall
be likened to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.
25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they
beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall
be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they
beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.
28 And it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people
were in admiration at his doctrine.
29 *For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as their Scribes
1: about the year A.D. 31.; Luke vi. 37.; Romans ii. 1.
2: Mark iv. 24.
7: Matthew xxi. 22.; Mark xi. 24.; Luke xi. 9.; John xiv. 13.; James i.
9: Luke xi. 11.
12: Tobias iv. 16.; Luke vi. 31.
13: Luke xiii. 24.
19: Matthew iii. 10.
21: Matthew xxv. 11.; Luke vi. 46.
22: Acts xix. 13.
23: Psalm vi. 9.; Matthew xxv. 41.; Luke xiii. 27.
24: Luke vi. 48.; Romans ii. 13.; James i. 22.
29: Mark i. 22.; Luke iv. 32.