Matthew 7:9

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

Matthew 7:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
ESV
9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
NLT
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?
MSG
9 If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust?
CSB
9 What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?

Matthew 7:9 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 7:9

Or what man is there of you
"That is a father", as in ( Luke 11:11 ) that is, is in the relation, and has the affections of a father; and indeed is a man, and has the nature and passions of a man; unless he is become a mere brute, and devoid of all humanity,

whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
No, by no means; no man can act such a merciless, cruel part as this to a child: for though he might impose upon him by the likeness of some sort of stones with bread; yet could not hope to satisfy his hunger, or stop his mouth this way; but must expect to hear from him again with bitter complaints.

Matthew 7:9 In-Context

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
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!