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Matthew 7


 1  (*) Judge (1) not, that ye be not judged.


(*) He commandeth, not to be curious or malicious to try out, and condemn our neighborís faults; for hypocrites hide their own faults, and seek not to amend them, but are curious to reprove other menís faults.

(1) We ought to find fault one with another, but we must beware we do it not without cause, or to seem holier than they, or in hatred of them.


 2 For with what (*) judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged, and with what (♣) measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.


(*) Luke 6:37-38; Romans 2:1; 1 Corinthians 4:3 .

(♣) Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38 .


 3 And why seest thou the mote, that is in thy brotherís eye, and perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?


 4  (*) Or how sayest thou to thy brother, Suffer me to cast out the mote out of thine eye, and behold, a beam is in thine own eye?


(*) Luke 6:41 .


 5 Hypocrite, first cast out that beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brotherís eye.


 6  ∂ (2) (*) Give ye not that which is holy to dogs, neither cast ye your (a) pearls before swine, lest they tread them under their feet, and turning again, all to rent you.


(2) The stiff-necked and stubborn enemies of the Gospel are unworthy to have it preached unto them.

(*) Declare not the Gospel to the wicked contemners of God whom thou seest left to themselves and forsaken.
(a) A pearl hath his name among the Grecians, for the orient brightness that is in it; and a pearl was in ancient time in great estimation among the Latinís; for a pearl that Cleopatra had was valued at two hundred and fifty thousand crowns, and the word is now borrowed from that, to signify the most precious heavenly doctrine.


 7  ∂ (*) (3) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.


(*) Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9; John 14:13; John 16:23; James 1:5 .

(3) Prayers are a sure refuge in all miseries.


 8 For whosoever asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.


 9 For what man is there among you, which if his son ask him bread, would give him a stone?


 10 Or if he ask fish, will he give him a serpent?


 11 If ye then, which are evil, can give to your children good gifts, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?


 12  (*) (4) Therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, even so do ye to them, for this is the (b) (♣) Law and the Prophets.


(*) Luke 6:31 .

(4) A rehearsal of the meaning of the second table.
(b) That is to say, the doctrine of the Law and Prophets.

(♣) The whole Law and the Scriptures set forth unto us, and commend charity.


 13  ∂ (*) (5) (♣) Enter in at the strait gate; for it is the wide gate, and broad (♠) way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat;


(*) Luke 13:14 .

(5) Example of life must not be taken from a multitude.

(♣) We must overcome and mortify our affections, if we will be true disciples of Christ.

(♠) For the most part of men seek their own liberty, and run headlong to evil.


 14 Because (c) the gate is strait, and the way narrow that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


(c) The way is strait and narrow, we must pass through this rough way, and suffer and endure, and be thronged, and to enter into life.


 15  ∂ (6) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheepís clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.


(6) False teachers must be taken heed of, and they are known by false doctrine and evil living.


 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. (*) Do men gather grapes of thorns? Or figs of thistles?


(*) Luke 6:43 .


 17 So every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and a (*) corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.


(*) Or, rotten.


 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.


 19  (*) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire.


(*) Luke 6:44; Matthew 3:10 .


 20 Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


 21  ∂ (7) Not every one that saith unto me, (♣) Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, (*) but he that doeth my Fatherís will which is in heaven.


(7) Even the best gifts that are, are nothing without godliness.

(♣) He meaneth hirelings and hypocrites, who rather serve God with their lips than with their heart.

(*) Romans 2:13 .


 22  (*) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not (♣) by thy (d) Name prophesied? And by thy name cast out devils? And by thy name done many (e) (♠) great works?


(*) James 1:22 .

(♣) By the virtue, authority and power.

(d) By Name here, is meant that mighty working power of God, which every man witnesseth that calleth upon him.
(e) Properly powers; Now these excellent works wrought are called Powers, by occasion of these things which they bring to pass, for by them we understand, how mighty the power of God is.

(♠) Or, miracles.


 23 And then will I profess to them, (♠) (*) (f) I never knew you, (♣) depart from me (g) ye that work iniquity.


(♠) I never accepted you to be my true ministers and disciples.

(*) Luke 13:27 .

(f) That is not of ignorance, but because he will cast them away.

() Psalm 6:8 .
(g) You that are given to all kind of wickedness, and seem to make an art of sin.


 24  (8) Whosoever then heareth of me these words, (*) and doeth the same, I will liken him to a wise man, which hath built his house on a rock;


(8) True godliness resteth only upon Christ, and therefore always remaineth invincible.

(*) Luke 6:47-48 . 


 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was grounded on a rock.


 26 But whosoever heareth these my words, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which hath built his house upon the sand;


 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell, and the fall thereof was great.


 28  ∂ (*) And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these words, the people were astonied at his doctrine.


(*) Mark 4:12; Luke 4:32 .


 29 For he taught them as one having (*) authority, and not as the Scribes.


(*) The mighty power of Godís Spirit appeared in him, whereby he declared himself to be God and caused others to believe in him.



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