Matthew 7-8 Bible in Basic English

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Judging Others

7 1  Be not judges of others, and you will not be judged. 2  For as you have been judging, so you will be judged, and with your measure will it be measured to you. 3  And why do you take note of the grain of dust in your brother's eye, but take no note of the bit of wood which is in your eye? 4  Or how will you say to your brother, Let me take out the grain of dust from your eye, when you yourself have a bit of wood in your eye? 5  You false one, first take out the bit of wood from your eye, then will you see clearly to take out the grain of dust from your brother's eye. 6  Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, or put your jewels before pigs, for fear that they will be crushed under foot by the pigs whose attack will then be made against you.

Ask, Seek, Knock

7  Make a request, and it will be answered; what you are searching for you will get; give the sign, and the door will be open to you: 8  Because to everyone who makes a request, it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire, and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open. 9  Or which of you, if his son makes a request for bread, will give him a stone? 10  Or if he makes a request for a fish, will give him a snake? 11  If you, then, being evil, are able to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who make requests to him?

12  All those things, then, which you would have men do to you, even so do you to them: because this is the law and the prophets.

The Narrow Gate

13  Go in by the narrow door; for wide is the door and open is the way which goes to destruction, and great numbers go in by it. 14  For narrow is the door and hard the road to life, and only a small number make discovery of it.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

15  Be on the watch for false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inside they are cruel wolves. 16  By their fruits you will get knowledge of them. Do men get grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? 17  Even so, every good tree gives good fruit; but the bad tree gives evil fruit. 18  It is not possible for a good tree to give bad fruit, and a bad tree will not give good fruit. 19  Every tree which does not give good fruit is cut down and put in the fire. 20  So by their fruits you will get knowledge of them.

I Never Knew You

21  Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will go into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the pleasure of my Father in heaven. 22  A great number will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, were we not prophets in your name, and did we not by your name send out evil spirits, and by your name do works of power? 23  And then will I say to them, I never had knowledge of you: go from me, you workers of evil.

The Two Foundations

24  Everyone, then, to whom my words come and who does them, will be like a wise man who made his house on a rock; 25  And the rain came down and there was a rush of waters and the winds were driving against that house, but it was not moved; because it was based on the rock. 26  And everyone to whom my words come and who does them not, will be like a foolish man who made his house on sand; 27  And the rain came down and there was a rush of waters and the winds were driving against that house; and it came down and great was its fall. 28  And it came about, when Jesus had come to the end of these words, that the people were surprised at his teaching, 29  for he was teaching as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

8 1  And when he had come down from the mountain, great numbers of people came after him. 2  And a leper came and gave him worship, saying, Lord, if it is your pleasure, you have power to make me clean. 3  And he put his hand on him, saying, It is my pleasure; be clean. And straight away he was made clean. 4  And Jesus said to him, See that you say nothing about this to anyone; but go and let the priest see you and make the offering which was ordered by Moses, for a witness to them.

A Centurion's Servant Healed

5  And when Jesus was come into Capernaum, a certain captain came to him with a request, 6  Saying, Lord, my servant is ill in bed at the house, with no power in his body, and in great pain. 7  And he said to him, I will come and make him well. 8  And the captain in answer said, Lord, I am not good enough for you to come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be made well. 9  Because I myself am a man under authority, having under me fighting men; and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. 10  And when these words came to the ears of Jesus he was surprised, and said to those who came after him, Truly I say to you, I have not seen such great faith, no, not in Israel. 11  And I say to you that numbers will come from the east and the west, and will take their seats with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: 12  But the sons of the kingdom will be put out into the dark, and there will be weeping and cries of pain. 13  And Jesus said to the captain, Go in peace; as your faith is, so let it be done to you. And the servant was made well in that hour.

Jesus Heals Peter's Mother-in-Law

14  And when Jesus had come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother in bed, very ill. 15  And he put his hand on hers and the disease went from her, and she got up and took care of his needs. 16  And in the evening, they took to him a number of people who had evil spirits; and he sent the spirits out of them with a word, and made well all who were ill; 17  So that the word of Isaiah the prophet might come true: He himself took our pains and our diseases.

The Would-be Followers of Jesus

18  Now when Jesus saw a great mass of people about him, he gave an order to go to the other side. 19  And there came a scribe and said to him, Master, I will come after you wherever you go. 20  And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven have a resting-place; but the Son of man has nowhere to put his head. 21  And another of the disciples said to him, Lord, let me first go and give the last honours to my father. 22  But Jesus said to him, Come after me; and let the dead take care of their dead.

Jesus Calms a Storm

23  And when he had got into a boat, his disciples went after him. 24  And there came up a great storm in the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves: but he was sleeping. 25  And they came to him, and, awaking him, said, Help, Lord; destruction is near. 26  And he said to them, Why are you full of fear, O you of little faith? Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27  And the men were full of wonder, saying, What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea do his orders?

The Gergesene Demoniacs

28  And when he had come to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, there came out to him from the place of the dead, two who had evil spirits, so violent that no man was able to go that way. 29  And they gave a loud cry, saying, What have we to do with you, you Son of God? Have you come here to give us punishment before the time? 30  Now there was, some distance away, a great herd of pigs taking their food. 31  And the evil spirits made strong prayers to him, saying, If you send us out, let us go into the herd of pigs. 32  And he said to them, Go. And they came out, and went into the pigs; and the herd went rushing down a sharp slope into the sea and came to their end in the water. 33  And their keepers went in flight to the town and gave an account of everything, and of the men who had the evil spirits. 34  And all the town came out to Jesus; and seeing him they made request that he would go away from their part of the country.

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