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Christian Standard Bible

Matthew 7:11–28

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11 If you then, who are evil,z 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. 12 Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.aa

ENTERING THE KINGDOM

13 “Enter through the narrow gate.a For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,b and there are many who go through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

15 “Be on your guard against false prophetsc who come to you in sheep’sd clothinge but inwardly are ravaging wolves.f 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit.g Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles?h 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.i 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.j

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,k but only the one who does the willl of my Father in heaven.m 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demonsn in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’o 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!A,B,p

THE TWO FOUNDATIONS

24 “Therefore,q everyone who hears these wordsr of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The 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. 26 But 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. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,s the crowds were astonished at his teaching,t

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