Judging Others

(A)“Judge not, that you be not judged. (B)For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and (C)with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but (D)do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

(E)“Do not give (F)dogs what is holy, and do not throw your (G)pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Read full chapter

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He also told this parable to some (A)who trusted (B)in themselves that they were righteous, (C)and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men (D)went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, (E)standing by himself, prayed[a] (F)thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 (G)I fast twice a week; (H)I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, (I)standing far off, (J)would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but (K)beat his breast, saying, ‘God, (L)be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For (M)everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Luke 18:11 Or standing, prayed to himself

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

12 At that time (A)Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and (B)they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, (C)“Look, your disciples are doing (D)what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, (E)“Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate (F)the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read (G)in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? I tell you, (H)something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known (I)what this means, (J)‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For (K)the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

A Man with a Withered Hand

He went on from there and (L)entered their synagogue. 10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, (M)“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—(N)so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, (O)if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 (P)Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So (Q)it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And (R)the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

God's Chosen Servant

15 Jesus, aware of this, (S)withdrew from there. And (T)many followed him, and he healed them all 16 and (U)ordered them not to make him known. 17 (V)This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

18 (W)“Behold, my (X)servant whom I have chosen,
    my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
(Y)I will put my Spirit upon him,
    and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
    nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
20 a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
21     (Z)and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

22 (AA)Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 (AB)And all the people were amazed, and said, (AC)“Can this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, (AD)“It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” 25 (AE)Knowing their thoughts, (AF)he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, (AG)by whom do (AH)your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is (AI)by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then (AJ)the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or (AK)how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed (AL)he may plunder his house. 30 (AM)Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 (AN)Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but (AO)the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word (AP)against the Son of Man (AQ)will be forgiven, but (AR)whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in (AS)this age or in the age to come.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

33 (AT)“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, (AU)for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 (AV)You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, (AW)when you are evil? (AX)For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 (AY)The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, (AZ)on the day of judgment (BA)people will give account for (BB)every careless word they speak, 37 for (BC)by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Sign of Jonah

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, (BD)we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, (BE)“An evil and (BF)adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For (BG)just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, (BH)so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 (BI)The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and (BJ)condemn it, for (BK)they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, (BL)something greater than Jonah is here. 42 (BM)The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, (BN)something greater than Solomon is here.

Return of an Unclean Spirit

43 “When (BO)the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through (BP)waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and (BQ)the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this (BR)evil generation.”

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, (BS)his mother and his (BT)brothers[a] stood outside, asking to speak to him.[b] 48 But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For (BU)whoever (BV)does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 12:46 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 48, 49
  2. Matthew 12:46 Some manuscripts insert verse 47: Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you”

14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish (A)the idle,[a] (B)encourage the fainthearted, (C)help the weak, (D)be patient with them all.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or disorderly, or undisciplined

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15 (A)“If your brother sins against you, (B)go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have (C)gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established (D)by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, (E)tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, (F)let him be to you as (G)a Gentile and (H)a tax collector.

Read full chapter

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 (A)“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are (B)ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them (C)by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, (D)every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 (E)Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them (F)by their fruits.

Read full chapter

12 Therefore (A)let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. (B)God is faithful, and (C)he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Read full chapter

24 And (A)the Lord's servant[a] must not be quarrelsome but (B)kind to everyone, (C)able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents (D)with gentleness. God (E)may perhaps grant them repentance (F)leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from (G)the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 2:24 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

For (A)we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when (B)the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, (C)not because of works done by us in righteousness, but (D)according to his own mercy, by (E)the washing of regeneration and (F)renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Read full chapter

Bear One Another's Burdens

Brothers,[a] (A)if anyone is caught in any transgression, (B)you who are spiritual should restore him in (C)a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (D)Bear one another's burdens, and (E)so fulfill (F)the law of Christ.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Galatians 6:1 Or Brothers and sisters; also verse 18

(A)Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
    (B)reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Read full chapter

12 (A)A scoffer (B)does not like to be reproved;
    he will not go to the wise.

Read full chapter

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
    for he will despise the good sense of your words.

Read full chapter

(A)Answer not a fool according to his folly,
    lest you be like him yourself.
(B)Answer a fool according to his folly,
    lest he be (C)wise in his own eyes.
Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool
    cuts off his own feet and (D)drinks violence.

Read full chapter

And even (A)if our gospel is veiled, (B)it is veiled to (C)those who are perishing. In their case (D)the god of this world (E)has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing (F)the light of (G)the gospel of the glory of Christ, (H)who is the image of God.

Read full chapter

17 But you, (A)dress yourself for work;[a] arise, and (B)say to them everything that I command you. (C)Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. 18 And I, behold, I make you this day (D)a fortified city, (E)an iron pillar, and (F)bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 (G)They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for (H)I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 1:17 Hebrew gird up your loins

Bible Gateway Recommends

ESV Student Study Bible, TruTone, Sky Blue with Ivy Design
ESV Student Study Bible, TruTone, Sky Blue with Ivy Design
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $17.99
Save: $22.00 (55%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Super Giant-Print Bible--genuine leather, black
ESV Super Giant-Print Bible--genuine leather, black
Retail: $79.99
Our Price: $37.99
Save: $42.00 (53%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Study Bible, Black Genuine Leather
ESV Study Bible, Black Genuine Leather
Retail: $99.99
Our Price: $47.99
Save: $52.00 (52%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV Large Print Bible, TruTone, Olive, Celtic Cross Design
ESV Large Print Bible, TruTone, Olive, Celtic Cross Design
Retail: $49.99
Our Price: $17.99
Save: $32.00 (64%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV Thinline Bible, Genuine Leather, Black
ESV Thinline Bible, Genuine Leather, Black
Retail: $49.99
Our Price: $23.99
Save: $26.00 (52%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV Study Bible, Burgundy Genuine Leather
ESV Study Bible, Burgundy Genuine Leather
Retail: $99.99
Our Price: $47.99
Save: $52.00 (52%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars

Bible Gateway Sponsors