Judge not lest ye be judged
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Matthew is the second verse of the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This verse continues the discussion of judgmentalism. In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:. The World English Bible translates the passage as:. For a collection of other versions see BibleHub Matthew This verse simply states that he who judges will himself be judged. If you impose standards upon others, those same standards will be applied to you.
Isaiah Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Ezekiel Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters…. Luke Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:. New International Version "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Berean Literal Bible Do not judge, lest you should be judged. New American Standard Bible "Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
Today, some people use this to shut down conversations when the subject turns to sexual morality. He did not mean them to be used as a conversation stopper to shut down attempts to admonish people engaged in immoral behavior. That is, in fact, the subject of the Sermon on the Mount Matthew , in which the saying occurs. Jesus had quite a bit to say about sexual immortality as well—noting, for example, in the Sermon on the Mount that even being mentally unfaithful was a sin:. Jesus did also not intend his words to be used to stop others from admonishing others when they are committing sinful behavior. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you [Matt.
Our culture uses Matthew “Judge not lest ye be judged” to promote a tolerance that often encourages acceptance of behaviors the Bible.
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Often this verse is thrown around after some church figure like Ted Haggard , for example is found to be doing the very things he thundered against in the pulpit. Despite how it appears if one stops reading after the first verse, this passage in Matthew is not forbidding judgment but hypocrisy. Yet again, we find that a text without a context is a pretext—the primary exegetical fault leading to misinterpretation is neglecting to read closely the surrounding section of a key verse. Jesus follows up his warning against judgment with an explanation—we will all be judged by the same measure that we use. If we cannot hold to the standard we use, we have no business applying that standard to others.
T he best-known Bible verse used to be John But our culture has a new favorite. In fact, it has become the trump card played to justify any and every lifestyle. He simply warned about doing it the wrong way—by telling us how to make judgments the right way. Later in the same book, Jesus commands we do confront a fellow Christian caught in a sin Matthew This awkward obligation is supported elsewhere in the Bible Galatians Jesus tells us exactly what He meant:.