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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
7:3 In particular, why do you open your eyes to any fault of your brother, while you yourself are guilty of a much greater? The mote - The word properly signifies a splinter or shiver of wood. This and a beam, its opposite, were proverbially used by the Jews, to denote, the one, small infirmities, the other, gross, palpable faults. #Luke 6:41|.
Mt 7:3 Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye? The Lord uses a figure to show the absurdity of judging severely the faults of others, while we have greater ones. The term translated "mote" means a little splinter, while the beam is something very large.
Dan's comment on 2013-04-05 23:59:42:
When combined with Verses 1 & 2, the major concept seems to be a discussion of hypocrisy. "1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
All of the individual points have merit on their own, but the true power of the lesson is when they are all combined.
When the above verses are cross-referenced to John 8:7 the entire concept and truth can be fully understood. In John 8:7, a prostitute was about to be stoned to death for adultery. Jesus intervened, and the crowd began questioning him. John 8:7 says, (paraphrased) "When the crowd continued to question Jesus, he stood up and said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
In the end, the lesson is that we are ALL sinners and fall short of God's glory. And since none of us is perfect, who are we to harshly judge others? Upon examination and reflection, few would want to be judged themselves with the same voracity that they judge others.
Sam's comment on 2013-01-18 17:00:06:
Verse 3 to me is about judgment of someone else, when you are guilty of something much worse. Simply put in today’s society it means, "Take a look at yourself and your own issues, before you judge someone else for theirs."
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