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15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.(A)

16 You will [a]fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [[b]worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.

18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear [c]excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].

19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.

20 Therefore, you will [d]fully know them by their fruits.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 7:16 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
  2. Matthew 7:17 Hermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.
  3. Matthew 7:18 Hermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.
  4. Matthew 7:20 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.

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