“Don’t judge,” said Jesus, “and then you won’t be judged. Otherwise you’ll be evaluated in the same way that you evaluate others. The standard you use will also be the one by which you yourself are judged.

“And why do you worry about the speck of sawdust that’s in your brother’s eye when there’s a huge plank in your eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past that plank in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the plank in your own eye and then you’ll be able to help your brother with the speck in his eye.

“Don’t give things that are sacred to dogs. And don’t offer your pearls to pigs, or they’ll trample your pearls, then turn to attack you.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks will find; and to those who knock the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will  give him a snake? So if you, people who are less that perfect, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him!

“In all that you do, do to others what you’d like them to do to you. This sums up all the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter in through the narrow gate. The gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and many are going that way. But the gateway’s small and the road is narrow that leads to life, and only a few ever find it.

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they’re ravenous wolves. You’ll recognise them from what they produce. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? No, but a good tree produces good fruit, just as a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. Every tree that fails to produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So, by their fruit you will know them.

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name and cast out demons in your name and perform many miracles in your name.’ Then I’ll tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you evildoers.’

“So anyone who’s heard what I’ve said and puts it into practice is like a man who wisely built his house on a foundation of rock. Though the rains fell, the floodwaters rose, and the winds beat against that house, it didn’t come to any harm because it was built on solid rock. But anyone who’s heard what I’ve said and doesn’t put it into practice is like a man who wasn’t so wise, and built his house on sandy soil. When the rains fell, the floodwaters rose, and the winds beat against that house, it simply collapsed in a heap.”

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he spoke with authority, unlike the teachers of the law.


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