Matthew 7

"Judge not, that you may be judged, yourselves; "for with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and in what measure you measure, others will measure to you. "And why do you look at the mote in your brother’s eye, and fail to notice the beam which is in your own eye? "Or how will you say to your brother, ‘Permit me to remove the mote from your eye,’ when, behold, the beam is in your own eye? "Hypocrite! First cast out the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to cast the mote out of your brother’s eye. "Do not give what is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before swine; lest in turn they trample them under their feet, and then turn and attack you.

"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. "For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door is opened. "What man of you is there who, when his son asks a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 "or if his son asks for a fish, will offer him a snake? 11 "If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?

12 "Therefore everything that you would have men do to you, do you also the same to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets. 13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for broad is the gate and wide the road that leads to destruction, and many are they who go in by it; 14 "but the gate is narrow and the road is steep, which leads to life, and they are few who find it.

15 "Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but within they are ravening wolves. 16 "By their fruits you will know them. Are grapes gathered of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 "No, every good tree bears good fruit, but a worthless tree bears bad fruit. 18 "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit; neither can a worthless tree bear good fruit. 19 "Every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 20 "Hence it is by their fruit you will know them.

21 "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 "Many in that day will say to me, "‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name done many mighty works?’ 23 "Then I will tell them plainly, "‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of iniquity.’ 24 "Every one who hears my words and does them I will liken to a wise man who built his house upon the rock. 25 "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house, but it fell not, for it was founded upon the rock. 26 "And every one who hears these words of mine and does them not, I will liken to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." 28 Now when Jesus had finished his discourse, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes taught them. 29 

Copyright information for Mont