Matthew Chapter 7

Matthew 7 covers three crucial topics. The first one being about judging others, the second about seeking for heavenly intervention and the third on doing unto others as you would like them to do unto you. The chapter concludes with two important parables; that of two roads and that of the foolish builder.

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Judgment and Interventions

Jesus cautions his followers against judging others by pointing out their mistakes without first correcting theirs. Verse 2 says “Don’t judge others, for with what you judge others, you shall be judged.”

Another important point that comes out clearly in this chapter is that of seeking for heavenly intervention with consistency and in faith. Verse 7 says, “Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you’ll find, knock and it’ll be opened for you.” This chapter emphasizes the need for consistency and faith in prayers.

The Golden Rule

Yet another crucial topic in this chapter is that of giving. Jesus cautions his followers against asking for favors without returning them. He says, “Do unto others as you’d like them to do unto you.” This is widely referred to as the Golden Rule.

The Two Roads and a Foolish Builder

Christ describes two roads in life. One of the roads is wide and easy to walk on, and the other road is narrow and treacherous to take. Using these two examples Jesus cautions his followers against taking the wide and easy road. Instead he encourages them to take the narrow road that later leads to eternal happiness and salvation.

This chapter concludes with the parable of the wise and the foolish builder. Through this analogy, Christ teaches us how to build our faith on a strong foundation and cautions us against relying on short-term answers to success. Short-term measures are likened to building a house on a weak foundation.

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Matthew Chapter 7 (King James Version)

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

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

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

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

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

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

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

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

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

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

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.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which 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 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

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