Daniel P. Barron

Matthew 7

Monday, May 10, 2021 

1 "Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you measure, it will be measured i to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, and the beam in your eye you do not notice? ii 4 Or how will you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye,' and behold, the beam in your eye? 5 Hypocrite! iii First remove the beam from your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

6 "Do not give the holy to the dogs, iv nor cast your pearls v before the pigs, lest they trample them with their feet and turning tear you." vi

7 "Ask, vii and it will be given to you. Seek, viii and you will find. Knock, ix and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, it shall be opened. x 9 Or what man is there among you, who, if his son asks for bread, he will not give him a stone, will he? xi 10 And if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 Therefore, if you, being evil, xii know to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father, who is in the heavens, give good things xiii to the ones who ask him? xiv 12 Therefore, everything that you want men to do to you, so also you do to them. xv For this is the law and the prophets." xvi

13 "Enter through the narrow gate, xvii because wide is the gate and broad xviii is the way that leads to the destruction, xix and many are the ones entering through it. 14 How xx narrow is the gate and pressed xxi is the way that leads to the life, and few are the ones finding it!" xxii

15 "And beware of false prophets, xxiii who come to you in sheep's clothing, xxiv but inside they are ravenous xxv wolves. 16 You will recognize xxvi them from their fruit. No one gathers grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? xxvii 17 So every good tree makes good fruit, and the bad tree makes evil fruit. 18 A good tree is not able to make evil fruit, nor does a bad tree make good fruit. 19 Every tree not making good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. xxviii 20 So then, from their fruit you will recognize them." xxix

21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of the heavens, but the one who does the will of my father xxx who is in heavens. xxxi 22 Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not in your name prophesy, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many miracles?' xxxii 23 And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you! xxxiii Depart from me, ones who work lawlessness." xxxiv

24 "Therefore, everyone who hears these words xxxv of mine and does them, I will compare him to a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 And the rain descended and the river came and the wind blew and fell upon that house, and it did not fall; for it had been founded upon the rock. xxxvi 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them, he will be compared to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 And the rain descended and the river came and the wind blew and fell upon that house, and it fell. And its fall was great." xxxvii

28 And so it was, when Joshua finished these words, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as having authority xxxviii and not as the scribes.

Matthew 6 - Matthew 8

Translated by Darwin Fish. See original pdf. xxxix

  1. metrhyhsetai (metrêthêsetai) - "measured" - Received Text has antimetrhyhsetai (antimetrêthêsetai) - "measured back" found also in Luke 6:38 in all the texts. ^
  2. Answer, Proverbs 16:2; 21:2. No wonder "reproofs of instruction are the way of life" (Proverbs 6:23; see also Proverbs 15:31-32; Ecclesiastes 12:11). ^
  3. Hypocrites? Is He speaking to believers? Hypocrites go to hell (Matthew 24:51). He clearly is speaking to believers in Matthew 5:11-16 and immediately after this section in Matthew 7:6. Yet, 5:20; 6:23; and 7:24-27 also warns of perishing. ^
  4. kusi (kusi) - "dogs" - see also Deuteronomy 23:17-18; Judges 7:5-6; 1 Samuel 24:14; 2 Samuel 9:8; 16:9; 2 Kings 8:11-13; Psalm 22:16, 20; 59:6, 14; Proverbs 26:11, 17; Isaiah 56:10-11; Matthew 15:26-27 (Mark 7:27-28); Philippians 3:2; Revelation 22:15. Amazing, God calls people dogs, swine, serpents (e.g. Matthew 23:33), even cows (Amos 4:1).  ^
  5. margaritav (margaritas) - "pearls" ^
  6. This is characteristic of the wicked. They trample the word of God; i.e. they heed it not (Luke 8:5; Hebrews 10:29), and attack the messenger ("turning tear you" - e.g. Jeremiah 36:21-26). ^
  7. James 1:5-6 (Hebrews 11:6) ^
  8. e.g. Proverbs 2:1-12 - this is first and foremost what to seek (Proverbs 3:13-18); see also 1 Chronicles 28:8 (contrast 2 Chronicles 12:14) ^
  9. If you knock too late, it won't be opened, Luke 13:25 (Isaiah 55:6 "while He may be found"). ^
  10. i.e. keep asking, seeking, knocking, - see Luke 11:5-9 (e.g. Romans 2:7). Godly men keep calling (e.g. Psalm 22:1-11; 88; Habakkuk 1:2). ^
  11. These questions in verses 9 and 10 in the Greek are asked in the negative, and to complete the idea in the English, "will he" is added. ^
  12. Psalm 143:2 ^
  13. James 1:17 ^
  14. Does He only respond to the godly (1 Peter 3:12)? It is true sin hinders (1 Peter 3:7) or stops a response (Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2), and even praying the wrong thing (Jeremiah 7:16). Yet, in His kindness (Matthew 5:45), according to His good pleasure (Psalm 115:3), the Lord even responds to the wicked (e.g. Genesis 4:13-15; Exodus 16:2-15 [later they complain and the Lord kills them, e.g. Numbers 11:1]; 1 Kings 21:27-29). ^
  15. i.e. like the Father, give good things. In context, this is another command to be gracious and giving, as Proverbs 11:24-25 says. ^
  16. Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14 ^
  17. What's the narrow gate? Christ, Truth (John 10:9; 14:6; 1:1). ^
  18. Wide and broad makes room for many divergent views not consistent with truth (John 14:6; Hebrews 4:12-13). ^
  19. apwleian (apôleian) - “destruction” - found also only in Matthew 26:8 (waste); Mark 14:4 (waste); John 17:12 (perdition); Acts 8:20 (perish, more literally, “be unto destruction” εἴη εἰς ἀπώλειαν); Romans 9:22 (destruction); Philippians 1:28 (perdition); 3:19 (destruction); 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (perdition); 1 Timothy 6:9 (perdition); Hebrews 10:39 (perdition); 2 Peter 2:1(2x, destructive, destruction), 3 (destruction); 3:7 (perdition), 16 (destruction); Revelation 17:8 (perdition), 11 (perdition). ^
  20. ti (ti) "how" - used similarly in Luke 12:49. Received Text has oti (hoti) "because." ^
  21. teylimmenh (tethlimmenê) - "pressed" - found also in Mark 3:9 (crush); 2 Corinthians 1:6 (afflicted); 4:8 (hard pressed); 7:5 (troubled); 1 Thessalonians 3:4 (suffer tribulation); 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7 (tribulation); 1 Timothy 5:10 (afflicted); Hebrews 11:37 (afflicted). See also Acts 14:22; 1 Peter 4:18. ^
  22. Few find it, and then many of those few don't get in, even though they try (Luke 13:24)! ^
  23. See Acts 13:1 footnote for NT prophets. ^
  24. sheep's clothing = wool. In other words, they come looking like sheep, believers (true prophets), like Matthew 23:27-28; Luke 11:39, 44; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Revelation 2:9. ^
  25. arpagev (arpages) - "ravenous" - found also in Luke 18:11; 1 Corinthians 5:10-11; 6:10 (all "extortioners"). Ravenous has the idea of being very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification. It could also be translated "rapacious" = excessively grasping or covetous, or living on prey (e.g. Benny Hinn and the likes). ^
  26. epignwsesye (epignôsesthe) - "recognize" - used this way also in Luke 24:16, 31; Acts 3:10; 4:13 (NKJV "realized"); 12:14 (NKJV "recognized"). ^
  27. The negative mhti (mêti) is used here, so to complete the idea in English "do they" is added. ^
  28. Matthew 3:10; Revelation 20:15 ^
  29. See Luke 6:43-45 ^
  30. "will of my father" - Hebrews 10:36; 1 Peter 4:2; 1 John 2:17 ^
  31. Critical Text adds the definte article toiv (tois), so it reads, "the heavens." This is a good qualifying verse for Romans 10:13, and so is Psalm 145:18. ^
  32. 2 Timothy 3:13 ^
  33. Joshua speaks similarly in Matthew 25:12; Luke 13:25-27. He denies them (Matthew 10:33; 2 Timothy 2:12), because they denied him (Titus 1:16; Jude 1:4). Also, never knowing them does not mean He never knew about them (John 16:30; 21:17; Acts 15:18). But, He did not know them in that context. In other words, those works were not in His name, nor did He know them as in Jeremiah 1:5 (Romans 8:29; 1 Peter 1:2), as evidenced by their condemnation. ^
  34. anomian (anomian) - “lawlessness” - nomov (nomos) is “law.” anomia (anomia) is “lawlessness.” This word is found also only in Matthew 13:41; 23:28; 24:12; Romans 4:7; 6:19(2x); 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (CT), 7; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 1:9; 10:17; 1 John 3:4(2x). See also Romans 8:7. ^
  35. "these words" - Matthew 5:3-7:27 ^
  36. Psalm 15:5; 16:8; 55:22; 62:6; 66:8-9; 112:6; 125:1; Proverbs 12:3. ^
  37. Job 38:13; Psalm 119:21, 118; John 3:36; Romans 1:18; 2:8-9 ^
  38. "as having authority" - He is very authoritative all the way through. ^
  39. Mirrored here^

9 Responses

  1. If god deceives, how can we know that the bible isn't a deception?

    Everyone knows that the Bible is true, but God causes many to suppress this truth.

  2. All things were delivered to me by my father, and no one understands the son except the father, nor does any one understand the father except the son and to whom the son wills to reveal. -- epiginwskei (epiyinôskei) - "understands" - used also in Matthew 7:16, 20; 11:27; 14:35; 17:12; Mark 2:8; 5:30; 6:33, 54; Luke 1:4, 22; 5:22; 7:37; 23:7; 24:16, 31; Acts 3:10; 4:13; 9:30; 12:14; 19:34; 22:24, 29; 23:28; 24:8, 11; 25:10; 27:39; 28:1; Romans 1:32; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 14:37; 16:18; 2 Corinthians 1:13-14; 6:9; 13:5; Colossians 1:6; 1 Timothy 4:3; 2 Peter 2:21.

  3. And coming she worshipped him saying, "Lord, help me!" -- Joshua puts her off, yet she worships Him and keeps asking (Matthew 7:7).

  4. And Joshua summoning a child, stood him in their midst, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become as the child, you will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens. -- strafhte (straphête) - "turn" - used for turn position or direction (e.g. Matthew 5:39; 7:6; 9:22), turn in the sense of physical "change" (e.g. Revelation 11:6) or spiritual change (e.g. John 12:40). Used of God turning in Acts 7:42.

  5. So all the days of Adam which he lived were 930 years, and he died. -- Adam was never born (Genesis 2:7). He was created on the sixth day of creation, in the year 4258 BCL (years Before Christ, that is, Lunar years), and lived all of his days, 930 years, as a man, an adult. We may be amazed at the length of the life of Adam, but this is one of the saddest statements in the Bible, “. . . and he died.” He died because he disobeyed God one time. The potential for eternal life was there for Adam (Genesis 2:16; 3:22), but he choose to disobey God; and it was to his doom. Moreover, not only did Adam die because of one act of disobedience, but his offspring (mankind) as well suffered this fate (see Romans 5:12-19). And, for the majority of them, they suffer eternally (Matthew 7:13-14). As far as Adam is concerned, Scripture never says whether God saved his soul or not.

  6. ...through whom we also have access by the faith into this grace in which we have stood; and we boast upon hope of the glory of the God. -- “access . . . into this grace” - key verse for understanding the “propitiation” is for all (1 John 2:2; John 1:29; 3:17//12:47; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Hebrews 2:8-10; Romans 11:32), but not all access this grace; (Matthew 7:13 “few”) because they don't believe. (= no faith to access the grace)

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