Matthew 7:14

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 7:14

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth vnto life, and few there be that finde it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For narrow is the door and hard the road to life, and only a small number make discovery of it.
- Basic English Bible

For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.
- Darby Bible

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there are that find it.
- Webster's Bible

because narrow is the gate and contracted the road which leads to Life, and few are those who find it.
- Weymouth Bible

How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.
- World English Bible

Hou streit is the yate, and narwy the weye, that ledith to lijf, and ther ben fewe that fynden it.
- Wycliffe Bible

how strait [is] the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 7:14

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:14

7:12 #Luke 6:31|.

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|.

7:15 Beware of false prophets - Who in their preaching describe a broad way to heaven: it is their prophesying, their teaching the broad way, rather than their walking in it themselves, that is here chiefly spoken of. All those are false prophets, who teach any other way than that our Lord hath here marked out. In sheep's clothing - With outside religion and fair professions of love: Wolves - Not feeding, but destroying souls.

7:16 By their fruits ye shall know them - A short, plain, easy rule, whereby to know true from false prophets: and one that may be applied by people of the weakest capacity, who are not accustomed to deep reasoning. True prophets convert sinners to God, or at least confirm and strengthen those that are converted. False prophets do not. They also are false prophets, who though speaking the very truth, yet are not sent by the Spirit of God, but come in their own name, to declare it: their grand mark is, Not turning men from the power of Satan to God. #Luke 6:43,44|.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 7:14

Mt 7:14 For strait [is] the gate. What is it, Augustine asks, that makes this gate so small to us? It is not that it is "strait", or narrow, in itself, but that we want to take in our pride, our self-will, our darling sins. Few there be that find it. It has been to be sought. The reason that men do not find it is not because it is hard to find, but because they prefer to walk in the broad way.

Discussion for Matthew 7:14

  • Vendall on Matthew 7:14
    The world has its perception of God and His Heaven. They believe in a generic god. They believe that all people are basically good, they believe people can become angels, they believe that almost everyone goes to heaven when they die from this world..there are even pastors who help perpetuate this delusion. That is the broad way which many travel...But we know the truth. That only by belief in Jesus Christ and repentance of sin can you go to heaven. That is the narrow way we few travel.
  • Andrew Kingsly Raj Andrew - in Reply on Matthew 7:14
    Yeah, you are correct. Heaven is real, at the same time hell is also real. If any one wants to go to Heaven, He should acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. Other wise they will go to hell. Mormons, Catholicism, etc.,. are lead by satan. For Devil is the lier, he makes a false christianity. Be careful of those kinds of false techings.
  • Mishael on religions and Bibles - in Reply on Matthew 7:14
    I'm thinking there is one Word of God, and that is the Son of Man, who is Jesus.

    We're living in the last days. It becomes more and more evident the separation of Christians by the Names of Their Religion.

    Book of Mormon

    Jehovah Witnesses: rewrote their Bibles to blot out "GOD" and change it to Jehovah (through the entire Bible)

    The Catholic Bibles

    Look at the Publishers page in the Bible before purchasing.

    ....... having a form of godliness, but denying THE POWER of God.

    King James Version Bible has the purest translation I think. However a Living Bible is easier for adolescents and teenagers to understand at first. I have 2: both hopelessly marked up/can't read it. :/

    If I'm wrong, the Holy Spirit will be by later to set me straight. :o
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 7:14

    I completely agree with you on the King James but the Living Bible is no bueno (Spanish for not bueno) My very first Bible was the Living Bible. My mother gave it to me when I was very young. I still own it but never read it. It is not even a translation. It is a paraphrase and a very poor one in my opinion. It says things like God was on the toilet, and in one place it says says "son of a b....." I could probably share with you many places in the Living Bible that might change your mind on recommending it. I just wanted to share this with you. Like I said, I do own a Living Bible and I have a lot of things marked up in it that are questionable.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Matthew 7:14
    LOL. I have never seen those verses. I only say that for people who have trouble with eth on the end of words.

    I think Chris said the new KJV is a better version to get. I tried to read a NIV but gave up.

    I have a real hard time "retiring old Bibles".

    What do you do?
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 7:14
    Yea, I'm like you. I'm not really sure how many bibles I have. They are all KJV bibles except for one Living Bible. That one just collects dust on a bookshelf. I'm not too sure why I even still have it. I guess out of sight, out of mind. I can't give it away because if it's something I won't read, I wouldn't want anyone else to read it either. I'd throw it in the trash but I'm afraid the guy at the dump would get a hold of it.

    I do sometimes look at other bibles to make comparisons. I have four different bible software programs on my computer that have tons of different bibles and other books. There is a free online program you can download from e-Sword. That is one of the programs I have. It gives you several bibles, and many other books that I find helpful.

    I have heard good things about the NKJV but have not read from that one. Chris may have, I don't know, but I do trust his recommendations.
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 7:14
    The NKJV is essentially a modernized version of the KJV, removing the 'Thee(s) & Thou(s)" & using some more familiar words to today's reader. There are of course, some critics to its textual accuracy, but I've always said, that I would rather a believer read the Bible he can understand, than trying to cope with 17th century English & not understand what is being read. Having said that, many Bible scholars speak highly of the NASB as being both modern & faithful to the original manuscripts. I've never used either - I'm too old fashioned & just can't identify with any other translation. The first editions of the Good News Bible & Readers Digest Bible were full of errors, but I do admit finding some value in the Living Bible(!).

    The intriguing errors you cited, Jesse, were not totally unreasonable, if the Scriptures are the same ones I'm thinking of. 1 Ki 18:27 speaks of Elijah taunting the worshippers of Baal who couldn't arouse their god to hear them. So Elijah suggested they cry out louder since he may be busy, sleeping, on a journey, or 'pursuing' = relieving himself. So, fortunately, the LB doesn't apply this act to our God.

    The other one is in 1 Sam 20:30 when Saul's anger was "kindled against Jonathon" & he called him "you stupid son of a whore" = "son of a perverse rebellious woman". And of course, the word 'whore' is used quite liberally in the Scriptures. So, it can raise eyebrows with its flowery language, so there may be some (limited) value in it.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 7:14

    I do agree that there are other English translations that are easier to read than the KJV. Maybe that's why I was given a Living Bible as my first Bible. It's not one I would recommend to anyone. I definitely wouldn't give it to one of my kids or grandkids. I don't think my mother knew much about the LB before she gave it to me. It's not even a translation, but a paraphrase. That's what concerns me about paraphrase bibles. The author can write anything he or she wants and then publish it. I only used two verses as an example. There are many others that I feel completely change the true meaning of the text. That's what matters the most to me. I am not a "King James Only" person, even though that is the translation I study from. There are other good English translations that are easier to read than the KJV. I can't argue that. But for myself, I stay away from the LB. I hope I have not offended anyone here that does use that version. We are all free to choose whatever Bible we want. We just have to ask ourselves what is most important to us when choosing a translation, accuracy or easy to read.
  • Akintola on Matthew 7:14
    You must not be driven or drift to destruction and sin that are been plan by the devil.
  • CJ on Matthew 7:14
    This scripture means that you must not be lead into the ways of destruction and sin, worldly desires. That sinful way is many and not Gods way. If you go that way you will not be living Gods purpose for you. He will not be happy with you and you will not really be happy either but it is easy. It is much harder but fulfilling to reject the sin that is in your heart that is not good and does not go with him. So we must let go of these ways and follow the straight path! If someone has trouble with it they need to read the bible, the scriptures that counteract the lie that is leading you astray also if you pray for God to help you he will. It does not mean that you will not go to heaven you will if you believe in Jesus. Hallelujah! You will live a righteous life if you follow the narrow way.


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