Matthew 7:23

“And then wil I professe vnto them, I neuer knew you: Depart from me, ye that worke iniquity.”

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Other Translations

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

"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

  • Nothing

    It makes people believe in God
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 7:15 beware of false prophets which come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves
  • Timothy Robert Benton
    I think it's the only way to eternal life. Amen
  • Jevon
    Judge not, that ye be not judged.
    For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
  • A disciple
    "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." This verse has long been a favorite 'go to' saying about not speaking to those who show themselves unworthy and incapable of receiving the Word, because of their brutish and or Satanic nature. This goes with how the Lord warned in another place, to "Beware of men, for they will deliver you up.." But Read the whole portion in its context, and you'll see that the warning is used, not BECAUSE they are unfit to hear, so much as it is for us not to cause ourselves unnecessary hurt and danger BY HYPOCRISY. The precious and holy things we bear in our preaching and teaching, are known and read of all men alongside our character and behavior. Although in a very grave sense they "know not what they do " God has nevertheless given it to them to see the "City Lights which He has set on a hill " and demands that our witness be true and faithful, agreeing with the Spirit's convictions He has ordained and uses through us and our words.
  • A disciple
    Ruth (cont.); Just wanted to say, that I agree with you! I don't mean to 'nit pick' (and I wasn't 'finding fault' with what you wrote at all!); but I wanted to emphasize that the idea of one having to belong to a Church and subject himself without thinking, Is this right? is misleading, and a potentially terrible dangerous snare. Birds of a feather flock together. People flock to those they like!

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