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16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered[a] from thorns or figs from thistles, are they?[b]

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  1. Matthew 7:16 tn Grk “They do not gather.” This has been simplified to the passive voice in the translation since the subject “they” is not specified further in the context.
  2. Matthew 7:16 tn The Greek construction anticipates a negative answer. This is indicated in the translation by the ‘tag’ question “are they?” at the end of the The statement illustrates the principle: That which cannot produce fruit does not produce fruit.