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

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

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

  • A disciple
    "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine," We've most often heard this phrase used about speaking to those whom we would judge unfit for our holy words and wisdom from God. But in the context of how the Lord said it; its about our hypocrisy causing scandal to the holy name of Jesus, and the precious treasure of His Gospel that we've been entrusted with.
  • Brianna vs. 6-8
    Even while Jesus Christ was on this very earth, religious leaders were corrupting the word of God and sticking to traditions rather than the scriptures. To this very day it has only gotten worse. Friends, we must study the scriptures. We can not rely solely on those claiming to be men of God. If we study our Bibles we can know the truth, and be truly content while we await salvation.
  • BSP
    Verse 4 shows the importance of self-examination. We can become so focused on the flaws of others that we miss major faults of our own.
  • A disciple
    Brother Hiram; Maybe you haven't quite got your wording? The whole point of this Sermon on the mount is to show by our works out of a pure heart and a good conscience, what is the true grace of God. It is all by our works that we shall be judged; (read Matt. 25); and it is all by the quality of our faith that our works are acted out and that which shows us either wise or stupid as proven by trial.
  • Hiram Ramlall
    Matthew 7:21-23 is explaining salvation by faith alone
    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.What is God's will? John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life:
    verse's 22-23 condemn works salvation
  • Wayne
    And some would say Christ is not Christ.

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