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

  • 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.
  • Brandon saulter on Matthew 7:14
    I think people just need to do the right thing. Help your family and friends and stay out of trouble. Go to church and pray and help any one you can and stay positive.
  • Allen e carter on Matthew 7:14
    The word is written to confound confuse the wise of the world. That being said. That, that is written in spirit can not be understood in the carnal mind. So the Holy Ghost is the teacher not man. It 's very openly that none of these men understand God 's word.
  • Joshua mbugua on Matthew 7:14
    the fact that Jesus died on the cross does not exempt us from the law. There cannever be freedom without law even Adam had been given law in the Eden. Hebrew says that bcause of change of priesthood it was necessary for the law to be change. It was changed to produce greater holiness than the one produced by the law of Moses.
  • Tml on Matthew 7:14
    Narrow is just that false reachings, half truths, and easy living may be how we interpret Salvation? For me only I sinned even though I were a Christian. Repentance for me was difficult and came later in life. I was not living by God 's Word, but though I was doing well holding on to certain verses and selecting to stand on certain believes that gave the most comfornt in my times of need. Perhaps I 've been on the wide road even though I called myself a Christian and have not lived the way God explains.
  • Bryan Clark on Matthew 7:14
    I thank God for the cross and what the Lord Jesus Christ suffered to redeem sinners like myself .I have received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour.His work is complete,it is now our responsiblity to accept it, My prayer is that others will do the same before it is eternally to late.The Lord is returning soon.Will you be ready?
  • Joyce on Matthew 7:14
    The narrow way that leads to godly living for YAHWEH .. we no longer live to satisfy our own desires but God's. he is a new creation in CHRIST apart from Him we can do nothing. John 3 New Birth JESUS said unless you are born of water & the spirit, you cannot see nor enter into the kingdom of God
  • Thomas Gathman on Matthew 7:14
    God said it.....and he is not fooling!!!
  • Theodore A. Jones on Matthew 7:14
    "It is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous." Rom. 2:13 The small narrow gate into God's kingdom is actually law that has been added to the law by Jesus' crucifixion. Salvation from the penalty of sin is predicated upon the faith to obey this added law. The gospel of God explains the Way to obey this law, but no contemporary church's gospel is the gospel of God. That is why only a few find the gate.


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