Matthew 7:1

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iudge not, that ye be not iudged.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Judge not, that ye be not judged.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be not judges of others, and you will not be judged.
- Basic English Bible

Judge not, that ye may not be judged;
- Darby Bible

Judge not, that ye be not judged.
- Webster's Bible

Judge not, that you may not be judged;
- Weymouth Bible

Don't judge, so that you won't be judged.
- World English Bible

Nile ye deme, `that ye be not demed; for in what doom ye demen,
- Wycliffe Bible

`Judge not, that ye may not be judged,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:1


7:1 Judge not - any man without full, clear, certain knowledge, without absolute necessity, without tender love. #Luke 6:37|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 7:1


Mt 7:1 The Sermon on the Mount (concluded) SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 7: Motes and Beams. Casting Pearls before Swine. Asking and Receiving. The Golden Rule. The Broad and Strait Gates. Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. The Tree Known by Its Fruits. The Kingdom Entered by Obedience. The Wise and Foolish Builders. The Wonderful Teacher. Judge not, that ye be not judged. The term "judge" is used in more than one sense, but Christ's meaning is plain. (1) He does not prohibit the civil judgment of the courts upon evil doers, for this is approved throughout the whole Bible. (2) He does not prohibit the judgment of the church, through its officers, upon those who walk disorderly, for both he and the apostles have enjoined this. (3) He does not forbid those private judgments that we are compelled to form the wrong-doers, for he himself tell us that we are to judge men by their fruits. (See Mt 7:15-20.) What he designs to prohibit is rash, uncharitable judgments, a fault-finding spirit, a disposition to condemn without examination of charges.

Discussion for Matthew 7:1

  • Stephen Whiteley for verse 1
    39. Judge not, lest ye be judged Matthew 7:1. Why is this an issue? It seems to me that another word for judgement is meaning. And meaning is only what we assign to be. We are meaning makers. And what we make meaning of, we come to believe and we are what we believe. Even more importantly, when we are judging others, we are also in the habit of judging ourselves. And when we are judging ourselves, we come to believe those self-judgements and that tells us that we are stuck. Another offshoot of judging is that it creates conflict. So you can tell there is stuckness wherever there is conflict. Judgement Conflict. Conflict Stuckness.
  • The other 50% for verse 1
    Something in me gets very upset when people say we are not supposed to judge each other. Paul said to judge sexual immoral professing believers and not to eat with them, so they return to the right path. Jesus said to judge people by their fruits, evil or good. These are only two of many examples. I believe this part of scripture is about two things: hypocrisy and helping. Jesus says we should not try to cast sin out of our buddy 's life without first casting it out of our own, or we won 't see clearly what is going on in our brother 's life. The Greek word for "cast " being to deliberately hurl. My journal entry yesterday regarding this very verse says: Deliberately hurl sin from your own life, THEN you are qualified to help deliberately hurl sin from other 's lives. God you are awesome, wise and have common sense.
  • My understanding of this wonderful, pithy bit of wisdon is as follows. We rarely know the full story behind another 's actions or behaviour - or even bother to think about their context. We rush to make judgements based on our own individual criteria. This is most unfair and will almost certainly lead to a wrong, or biased judgement - and is the main reason for having a legal system! I am not religious so don 't subscribe to the implied divine judgement if we do this. But, there is another interpretation of consequences. If we make hasty assessments of others, we can hardly complain if others do it to us. This is a great incentive to be a better person - to think perhaps I 've got this person wrong? To try and understand a bit deeper and, in the absence of full information, to give the benefit of the doubt. That is part of what Jesus, and totally of what a legal system, is all about. "let he who is without sin cast the first stone at her "
  • You can take things, especially scripture, out of context and think you know what something means before considering the setting, or without reading the chapter.. that will give you context. It always comes back to the same thing that people ignore. We all behave differently. This 'judge not ' is meant to be a warning not to be prejudiced towards others because of racial or cultural or even personal differences in the way others behave. In other words it is wrong to judge other 's behavior based on your own standards. This scripture applies to other 's behavior or lifestyle, and not someone 's harm to another.
  • Terry Sharp for verse 1
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  • MockingBird for verse 1
    I looked the word up in the Greek Bible dictionary. To judge a thing there is a separation select Choose to determine To consider think account .To pass sentence on a thing. Judge not that ye be not judged.

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