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Matthew 7 (asv)

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Judging Others 1

7:1Judge not, that ye be not judged.7:2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. 7:3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 7:4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye? 7:5Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

  1. Cf. Mark 4:24; Luke 6:37-38,41-42

Profaning the Holy

7:6Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend you.

Ask, Search, Knock 1

7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 2 7:8for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 7:9Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone; 7:10or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent? 7:11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

  1. Cf. Luke 11:9-13
  2. Ask/Seek/Knock. Acts of Desire. Desire is one of the twelve positive emotions that turn on the twelve powers. In this case it is the emotion that turns on the faculty of Imagination.
    Catherine Ponder, in The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, Ch. 4, writes that desire is the first step in the creative law and that without desire mental imaging and constant affirming are ineffective.

The Golden Rule 1

7:12All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them: for this is the law and the prophets.

  1. Cf. Luke 6:31

The Narrow Gate 1

7:13Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. 7:14For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

  1. Cf. Luke 13:23-24

A Tree and Its Fruits 1

7:15Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 7:16By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

  1. Cf. Luke 6:43-44

Concerning Self-Deception 1

7:21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. 7:22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? 7:23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

  1. Cf. Luke 6:46; Luke 13:25-27

Hearers and Doers 1

7:24Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock: 7:25and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. 7:26And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: 7:27and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

7:28And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching:7:29for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

  1. Cf. Luke 6:47-49

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