Matthew 7-8 New Revised Standard Version

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Judging Others

7 1  "Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2  For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3  Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4  Or how can you say to your neighbor, "Let me take the speck out of your eye,' while the log is in your own eye? 5  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye. 6  "Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.

Ask, Seek, Knock

7  "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9  Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10  Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11  If you then, who are evil, 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  "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

The Narrow Gate

13  "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14  For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

15  "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16  You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17  In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20  Thus you will know them by their fruits.

I Never Knew You

21  "Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22  On that day many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?' 23  Then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.'

The Two Foundations

24  "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell-and great was its fall!" 28  Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29  for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

8 1  When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2  and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean." 3  He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I do choose. Be made clean!" Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4  Then Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

A Centurion's Servant Healed

5  When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6  and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress." 7  And he said to him, "I will come and cure him." 8  The centurion answered, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9  For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, "Go,' and he goes, and to another, "Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, "Do this,' and the slave does it." 10  When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, "Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11  I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12  while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 13  And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you according to your faith." And the servant was healed in that hour.

Jesus Heals Peter's Mother-in-Law

14  When Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15  he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16  That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17  This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases."

The Would-be Followers of Jesus

18  Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19  A scribe then approached and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." 20  And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 21  Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." 22  But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Jesus Calms a Storm

23  And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24  A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25  And they went and woke him up, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" 26  And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, you of little faith?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27  They were amazed, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?"

The Gergesene Demoniacs

28  When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29  Suddenly they shouted, "What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" 30  Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31  The demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine." 32  And he said to them, "Go!" So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. 33  The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34  Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

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