Matthew 7:23

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And then wil I professe vnto them, I neuer knew you: Depart from me, ye that worke iniquity.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And then will I say to them, I never had knowledge of you: go from me, you workers of evil.
- Basic English Bible

and then will I avow unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.
- Darby Bible

And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
- Webster's Bible

And then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you: begone from me, you doers of wickedness.'
- Weymouth Bible

Then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.'
- World English Bible

And thanne Y schal knouleche to hem, That Y knewe you neuere; departe awei fro me, ye that worchen wickidnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

and then I will acknowledge to them, that -- I never knew you, depart from me ye who are working lawlessness.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:23


7:23 I never knew you - There never was a time that I approved of you: so that as many souls as they had saved, they were themselves never saved from their sins. Lord, is it my case? #Luke 13:27|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 7:23


Mt 7:23 I never knew you. "I never knew you" must be accepted in its deeper signification of "recognizing the disciples". Augustine says that for Christ to say, "I never knew you", is only another way of saying, "You never knew me". Depart from me, ye that work iniquity. In spite of all their professions they had been evil doers. Their religion expended itself in professions and prayers. Hence, in "that day" they are commanded to depart. What it is to so depart we may learn from Mt 25:41. It is evident from this passage that many are self-deceived.

Discussion for Matthew 7

  • Alyssa
    I never thought of this verse as a checklist. I agree that young women and men should not waste their time, energy or words on people who will draw them from God.
  • Obafemi
    I believe God is telling us to put our giving where it is holy , this is act of sowing in the right places.
  • John Pritchard
    So perfectly true, beyond criticism.
  • Raven
    I love God and his son Jesus Christ , I love His Word ,this chapter of Matthew has alot to do with the times of today, many people claim to love God and his word but are living in sin themselves but are quick to judge others and not look at themselves ! People are quick to call out their Family ect about their daily sins when in deed WE ALL ARE Sinners, we are to show love and compassion as well
  • Mim
    lets all pray for the gift of discernment in the name of Jesus. There seems to be a whole herd of sheep in wolves clothing around these days. In the media,politically, religiously. If someone looks you in eye and says,"honest to God,Im telling you the truth", Beware.
  • Jay
    "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:15 KJV for me it means a lot. why? because the scriptures says that BEWARE, we can know who are they by discerning spirit right? let's pray to avoid this kind of people. we do usually believe on miracles that was prayed by a priest or anything, i do not get the point that i am discriminating any religion, what i mean is, LUCIFER was the ANGEL of LIGHT before.. and now He is the DEMON the PRINCE of DEMON, then he can be light whenever he wants because he wants to decieve all christians who knows what is truth from bad! everyone FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH!! LET THE HOLY GHOST tells the TRUTH !! SPEAK FOR THE TRUTH!!! IN JESUS NAME !!! LET US PRAY TO AVOID THE DEVIL IN OUR LIFE!!! IN JESUS NAME!!

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