Matthew 7:13

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which goe in thereat:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Go in by the narrow door; for wide is the door and open is the way which goes to destruction, and great numbers go in by it.
- Basic English Bible

Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many are they who enter in through it.
- Darby Bible

Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in by it.
- Webster's Bible

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad the road which leads to ruin, and many there are who enter by it;
- Weymouth Bible

Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it.
- World English Bible

Entre ye bi the streyt yate; for the yate that ledith to perdicioun is large, and the weie is broode, and there ben many that entren bi it.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Go ye in through the strait gate, because wide [is] the gate, and broad the way that is leading to the destruction, and many are those going in through it;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:13


7:13 The strait gate - The holiness described in the foregoing chapters. And this is the narrow way. Wide is the gate, and many there are that go in through it - They need not seek for this; they come to it of course. Many go in through it, because strait is the other gate - Therefore they do not care for it; they like a wider gate. #Luke 13:24|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 7:13


Mt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate. The leading thought of the whole discourse is the kingdom of heaven and its conditions. Hence, when the Lord says, "Enter ye in", he means into the kingdom of heaven. Nearly every town in Palestine is surrounded by walls and is entered by gates. The principal ones are wide, with double doors, closed with locks and fastened with iron bars. The "strait gates" are in retired corners, are narrow, and are only opened to those who knock.

Discussion for Matthew 7:13

  • Not by good deeds, but through Christ are we saved. There is no other way. That's why He died on the cross, for our sins. If there is another way then Christ would have died in vain.
  • These verses in context are talking about law and grace. BOTH gates are leading to heaven but one is through works or self efforts and the other is through grace faith in Jesus' works . Jesus is the GATE and he is referencing the SAME GATE in Mathew 7 both times. Romans speaks of the two types of Christians Jews and Gentiles and God says He will receive both however the carnal Christians Back then it was the Jews will live a destructive life here on Earth remember Paul pronounced a curse when he saw they were STILL teaching this after Jesus because you have to be perfect if you want to be under the law. Those under Grace who have a revelation of their freedom with ALLLL of GOD's promises aren't to flaunt our freedom where it would cause others to anger. offend in one area and you're guilty of breaking them all. By destructive I mean sickness with no healing cancer , no miracles seen that you can't apply logic to, just bad things in general that happen to Christians that are NOT supposed to happen but we accept these things because we have a form of Godliness and deny His power. Political correctness is of the world and you are not OF THE WORLD. Jesus said we would do all the things he did and more. Miracles are happening guys and we have POWER! If ALL OF GOD's PROMISES aren't happening in your life and you're just waiting for your heavenly home when you die, something isn't right.
  • Holly Torres for verse 13
    God recently showed me in the spirit many dry and dusty roads that curve that lead to death and destruction.But the God showed me this straight road that leads to life.I have been battling my will over Gods and he has made it very clear I need to choose his will over mine by showing me the joy of doing his will verses the emptyness and ultimatley death of doing mine.
  • What does this mean though? I at first thought Jesus was refering to Himself the gate to heaven and the sheep fold but it seems to be preceded by descriptions of actions, like beware false profits. I am really confused?
  • Why would the broad road to destruction need a gate on it? All of Adam 's children are born onto that road to destruction. Romans 5 12,18
  • Charity for verse 13
    This verse just makes me scared about how wonderful the kingdom of God is our God is real

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