Matthew 7:16

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yee shall knowe them by their fruits: Doe men gather grapes of thornes, or figges of thistles?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn {bushes} nor figs from thistles, are they?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

By their fruits ye shall know them. Do `men' gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
- American Standard Version (1901)

By their fruits you will get knowledge of them. Do men get grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?
- Basic English Bible

By their fruits ye shall know them. Do [men] gather a bunch of grapes from thorns, or from thistles figs?
- Darby Bible

Ye shall know them by their fruits: Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles:
- Webster's Bible

By their fruits you will easily recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thorns or figs from brambles?
- Weymouth Bible

By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
- World English Bible

of her fruytis ye schulen knowe hem. Whether men gaderen grapis of thornes, or figus of breris?
- Wycliffe Bible

From their fruits ye shall know them; do [men] gather from thorns grapes? or from thistles figs?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:16


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 7:16


Mt 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. This common figure is wonderfully expressive. Not leaves (professions), or appearance, are the proper tests of the life that is in the tree, but the fruit it bears. We are to test men and every institution by this principle. Grapes of thorns. Two of the most highly valued fruits of Palestine are grapes and figs. Nothing is more common than thorns and thistles. Geike says that it is the land of thorns and thorny plants. Good fruit cannot be expected on such evil stocks.

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