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Matthew 7 (New American Standard)

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Judging Others

1 "1Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 "For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and a2by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 "Why do you 3look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 "4Or how bcan you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. 6 "5Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Prayer and the Golden Rule

7 "c6Ask, and 7it will be given to you; dseek, and you will find; eknock, and it will be opened to you. 8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 "Or what man is there among you fwho, when his son asks for a loaf, gwill give him a stone? 10 "Or hif he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, 8how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! 12 "In everything, 9therefore, itreat people the same way you want jthem to treat you, for 10this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 "11Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 "Beware of the 12false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are 13ravenous wolves. 16 "You will k14know them by their fruits. lGrapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 "So 15every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 "16Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 "So then, you will mknow them 17by their fruits. 21 "18Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 "19Many will say to Me on 20that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many nmiracles?' 23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; 21DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'

The Two Foundations

24 "Therefore 22everyone who hears these words of Mine and oacts on them, pmay be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 "And the rain fell, and the qfloods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not ract on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 "The rain fell, and the sfloods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell -and great was its fall." 28 t23When Jesus had finished these words, 24the crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
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