The Gospel According to St Matthew

Chapter 7

Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount—He commands, Judge not; ask of God; beware of false prophets—He promises salvation to those who do the will of the Father.

 aJudge not, that ye be not bjudged.

 For with what ajudgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what bmeasure ye mete, it shall be cmeasured to you again.

 aAnd why beholdest thou the bmote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the cbeam that is in thine own eye?

 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?

 Thou ahypocrite, 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.

 aGive not that which is bholy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your cpearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

 aAsk, and it shall be bgiven you; cseek, and ye shall find; dknock, and it shall be opened unto you:

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

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

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

 11 If ye then, abeing 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 awhatsoever ye would that bmen should cdo to you, ddo ye even so to them: for this is the elaw and the prophets.

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

 14 Because astrait is the bgate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto clife, and few there be that find it.

 15 ¶Beware of afalse prophets, which come to you in bsheep’s clothing, but cinwardly they are ravening dwolves.

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

 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth agood bfruit; but a ccorrupt tree bringeth forth devil 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 afruit is bhewn down, and cast into the fire.

 20 Wherefore by their afruits ye shall know them.

 21 ¶Not every one that asaith unto me, bLord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that cdoeth the dwill of my Father which is in eheaven.

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

 23 aAnd then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: bdepart from me, ye that work ciniquity.

 24 ¶Therefore whosoever aheareth these sayings of mine, and bdoeth them, cI will liken him unto a dwise man, which ebuilt his house upon fa rock:

 25 And the arain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and bbeat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a crock.

 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a afoolish 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 ahouse; and it bfell: and great was the fall of it.

 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended athese sayings, the people were bastonished at his cdoctrine:

 29 For he taught them as one having aauthority, and not as bthe scribes.