16By their fruit you will recognize them.1 Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?217Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.319Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.420Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,'5 will enter the kingdom of heaven,6 but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.722Many will say to me on that day,8 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'923Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'10
24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice11 is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.