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Matthew 7 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults - unless, of course, you want the same treatment. 1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
2 That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. 3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
4 Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
5 It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
6 "Don't be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don't reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you're only being cute and inviting sacrilege. 6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
7 "Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. 7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8 This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? 9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11 As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
12 "Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is what you get. 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
13 "Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. 13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 The way to life - to God! - is vigorous and requires total attention. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
15 "Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don't be impressed with charisma; look for character. 15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16 Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
21 "Knowing the correct password - saying 'Master, Master,' for instance - isn't going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience - doing what my Father wills. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 I can see it now - at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, 'Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.' 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'
23 And do you know what I am going to say? 'You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don't impress me one bit. You're out of here.' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
24 "These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. 24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit - but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. 25 The 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.
26 "But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. 26 But 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.
27 When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards." 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
28 When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
29 It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying - quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard. 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.