Matthew 7:7–29

Prayer and the Golden Rule

7 1aAsk, and bit will be given to you; 2seek, and you will find; 3knock, and it will be opened to you.

8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

9 Or what man is there among you 1who, when his son asks for a loaf, 2will give him a stone?

10 Or 1if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?

11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, ahow much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

12 In everything, atherefore, 1treat people the same way you want 2them to treat you, for bthis is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 aEnter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 Beware of the afalse prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are bravenous wolves.

16 You will 1aknow them by their fruits. 2Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

17 So aevery good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

19 aEvery tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20 So then, you will 1know them aby their fruits.

21 aNot everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

22 aMany will say to Me on bthat day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many 1miracles?’

23 And then I will declare to them,I never knew you; adepart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

The Two Foundations

24 Therefore aeveryone who hears these words of Mine and 1acts on them, 2may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.

25 And the rain fell, and the 1floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not 1act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

27 The rain fell, and the 1floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it felland great was its fall.”

28 1aWhen Jesus had finished these words, bthe crowds were amazed at His teaching;

29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

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