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The New International Version

Matthew 7:13–29

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The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate.v For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets.w They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.x 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.y Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?z 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.a 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.b 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’c will enter the kingdom of heaven,d but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.e 22 Many will say to me on that day,f ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’g 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’h

The Wise and Foolish Builders

7:24–27pp—Lk 6:47–49

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practicei is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,j the crowds were amazed at his teaching,k 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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Proverbs 9:9–12

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Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;

teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.c

10 The fear of the Lordd is the beginning of wisdom,

and knowledge of the Holy Onee is understanding.f

11 For through wisdomb your days will be many,

and years will be added to your life.g

12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;

if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

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