7:1 Judge 1 not, that ye be not judged.
(1) We ought to find fault with one another, but
we must beware we do not do it without cause, or to seem holier than others or
because of hatred of others.
2 Give not that which is holy unto the
dogs, neither cast ye your a pearls
before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend
(2) The stiff-necked and stubborn enemies of the
gospel are unworthy to have it preached unto them.
(a) A pearl is known among the Greeks for its
oriental brightness: and a pearl was in ancient times greatly valued by the
Latins: for a pearl that Cleopatra had was valued at two hundred and fifty
thousand crowns: and the word is now borrowed from that, to signify the most
precious heavenly doctrine.
7:7 3 Ask,
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you:
(3) Prayers are a sure refuge in all miseries.
4 Therefore all things whatsoever ye
would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the b
law and the prophets.
(4) An explanation of the meaning of the second
(b) That is to say, The doctrine of the law and
7:13 5 Enter
ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that
leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
(5) The example of life must not be taken from
7:14 Because c
strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few
there be that find it.
(c) The way is straight and narrow: we must pass
through this rough way and suffer, endure, be changed and so enter into life.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ravening wolves.
(6) False teachers must be taken heed of: and
they are known by false doctrine and evil living.
7 Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will
of my Father which is in heaven.
(7) Even the best gifts that exist are nothing
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy d name?
and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many e
(d) By "name" here is meant mighty
working power of God, which every man witnesses that calls upon him.
(e) Properly, powers: Now these excellent works
which are done are called powers because of those things which they bring to
pass, for by them we understand how mighty the power of God is.
7:23 And then will I profess unto them, f
I never knew you: depart from me, g ye
that work iniquity.
(f) This is not of ignorance, but because he will
cast them away.
(g) You that are given to all kinds of
wickedness, and seem to make an art of sin.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken
him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
(8) True godliness rests only upon Christ, and
therefore always remains invincible.