New American Bible (Revised Edition)
The Answer to Prayers. 7 (B)“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.(C) 8 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.(D)Read full chapter
- 7:6 Dogs and swine were Jewish terms of contempt for Gentiles. This saying may originally have derived from a Jewish Christian community opposed to preaching the gospel (what is holy, pearls) to Gentiles. In the light of Mt 28:19 that can hardly be Matthew’s meaning. He may have taken the saying as applying to a Christian dealing with an obstinately impenitent fellow Christian (Mt 18:17).