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Matthew 7:14-24 (New International Version)

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14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 "Watch out for false prophets.1 They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.2 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.3 Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?4 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.5 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.6 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,'7 will enter the kingdom of heaven,8 but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.9 22 Many will say to me on that day,10 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'11 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'12

The Wise and Foolish Builders

7:24-27pp -- Lk 6:47-49

24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice13 is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
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