Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 7]

     {Mat 7:1-6 & Luk 6:37-42; similar Joh 5:30, 7:24; Lev 19:15.}

     7:1DoĎ not judge, in order that youĎ might not be judged!7:2For* in what judgment youĎ judge, youĎ will be judged and in what measure youĎ measure, it will be measured to youĎ.7:3And why are you looking at the speck, the one in your brother's eye, but do not consider the beam in your own eye? 7:4Or how will you say to your brother, Allow me, that I may cast out the speck from your eye, and behold, the beam in your own eye?7:5You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see precisely to cast out the speck from your brother's eye.

     7:6DoĎ not give the holy things to the dogs, nor cast yourĎ pearls before the swine, lest they trample them down with* their feet and having turned, they may rip at youĎ.

     {Mat 7:7-11; no parallel.}

     7:7AskĎ and it will be given to youĎ; seekĎ and youĎ will be finding; knockĎ and it will be opened to youĎ. 7:8For* everyone who is asking, receives; and the one who is seeking, finds; and to the one who is knocking, it will be opened.7:9Or what man is there out of youĎ, who, if his son asks him for a loaf he will not give him a stone, will he?7:10Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a serpent, will he?7:11Therefore if youĎ, being evil, know how to give good presents to yourĎ children, how much more will yourĎ Father, the one in the heavens, be giving good things to those who are asking him?

     {Mat 7:12 & Luk 6:31.}

     7:12Therefore, all things, as many as youĎ would wish that* men should do for youĎ, so doĎ also to them; for* this is the law and the prophets.

     {Mat 7:13-23 & Luk 6:43-45.}

     7:13EnterĎ in through the narrow gate, because wide is the gate and broad is the way, which leads to destruction and there are many who are entering through it.7:14Why is it? Narrow is the gate and pressed is the way, which is leading to life and few are those who are finding it.

     7:15But take-heedĎ, stay away from false prophets, who are coming to youĎ in sheep's clothing, but inside are ravenous wolves.7:16YouĎ will fully know them from their fruits. They do not collect a grape-cluster from thorns or figs from thistles, do they?7:17Thus every good tree produces good fruit, but the rotten tree produces evil fruit.7:18A good tree is not able to produce evil fruit, nor is a rotten tree able to produce good fruit.7:19Every tree which is not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 7:20Consequently*, youĎ will fully know them from their fruits.7:21Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he who is practicing the will of my Father, the one in the heavens. 7:22Many will be saying to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not: prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and practice many miracles in your name?7:23And then I will confess to them, I never* knew youĎ. DepartĎ from me, youĎ who are working lawlessness.

     {Mat 7:24-29 & Luk 6:46-49.}

     7:24Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and practices them, he will be similar to a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock;7:25and the rain came down and the rivers cameup and the winds blew and fell down upon that house, and it did not fall; for* it had been founded upon the rock. 7:26And everyone hearing these words of mine and who is not doing them, will be similar to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand; 7:27and the rain came down and the rivers came up and the winds blew and hit that house and it fell and great was its fall.

     7:28 And it happened, when Jesus had completed with these words, the crowds were being astounded at his teaching; 7:29 for* he was teaching them like one having authority and not like the scribes.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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