Do Not Judge
1 “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. #
Mk 4:24–25; Lk 6:37–42 2For you will be judged by the same standard with which you judge others, and you will be measured by the same measure you use.#Mk 4:24; Lk 6:38; Rm 2:1; 14:10; Jms 2:13 3Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the beam of wood in your own eye?#Lk 6:41; Jn 8:7–9 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a beam of wood in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First take the beam of wood out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye. 6Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs,#Pr 9:7–8; 23:9; Mt 15:26 or they will trample them under their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.
Ask, Search, Knock
7 “Ask, #
and it will be given to you.#Mt 18:22; Mk 11:24; Jn 14:13–14; 15:7; 16:24; Jms 1:5; 1Jn 3:22; 5:14 Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door#7:7 Lit and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds,#Pr 8:17; Is 55:6; Jr 29:12–13 and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you then, who are evil,#Gn 6:5; 8:21 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him. 12Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.#Mt 22:40; Lk 6:31; Rm 13:8; Gl 5:14
Entering the Kingdom
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. #
For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,#Mt 26:8; Mk 14:4; Jn 17:12; Ac 8:20; Rm 9:22; Php 1:28 and there are many who go through it. 14How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.
15 “Be on your guard against false prophets #
Mt 24:11,24; Mk 13:22; Lk 6:26; Ac 13:6; 2Pt 2:1 who come to you in sheep’s#Mt 9:36; 10:6,16; 12:11–12; 15:24; 18:12–13 clothing#Mc 3:5; 2Tm 3:5 but inwardly are ravaging wolves.#Ezk 22:27; Jn 10:12; Ac 20:29 16You’ll recognize them by their fruit.#Pr 11:30; Mt 12:33; Lk 6:43–44; Jn 4:36; Jms 3:12 Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles?#Mt 13:7; Heb 6:8 17In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.#Jr 11:19; Mt 3:10; Lk 3:9; 13:7; Jn 15:2; Jd 12 20So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.#Mt 7:16; 12:33; Lk 6:44; Jms 3:12
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, #
Mt 3:2; 18:3; Mk 9:43 but only the one who does the will#Ps 143:10; Pr 16:9; Mt 12:50; Gl 1:4; Eph 1:9; 1Jn 2:17 of my Father in heaven.#Hs 8:2; Mt 25:11; Lk 6:46; Rm 2:13; Jms 1:22 22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons#Mk 3:15; Rv 9:20; 18:2 in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ #Nm 24:4; Mt 10:15; Lk 13:25; Jn 11:51; 1Co 13:2 23Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’ #7:23 Lit you who work lawlessness#7:23 Ps 6:8#Ps 5:5; 6:8; Mt 25:12,41; Lk 13:25–27
The Two Foundations
24 “Therefore, #
Lk 6:47–49; Jms 1:22–25 everyone who hears these words#Mt 12:36; Mk 4:14; Lk 6:47; 8:21; Jn 1:1; 2:22 of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”
28When Jesus had finished saying these things,#Mt 11:1; 13:53; 19:1; 26:1 the crowds were astonished at his teaching,#Mt 13:54; 22:23; Mk 1:22; 6:2; 11:18; Lk 4:32; Jn 7:46 29because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.