Matthew 7:23

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And then wil I professe vnto them, I neuer knew you: Depart from me, ye that worke iniquity.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And then will I say to them, I never had knowledge of you: go from me, you workers of evil.
- Basic English Bible

and then will I avow unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.
- Darby Bible

And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
- Webster's Bible

And then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you: begone from me, you doers of wickedness.'
- Weymouth Bible

Then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.'
- World English Bible

And thanne Y schal knouleche to hem, That Y knewe you neuere; departe awei fro me, ye that worchen wickidnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

and then I will acknowledge to them, that -- I never knew you, depart from me ye who are working lawlessness.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:23

7:23 I never knew you - There never was a time that I approved of you: so that as many souls as they had saved, they were themselves never saved from their sins. Lord, is it my case? #Luke 13:27|.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 7:23

Mt 7:23 I never knew you. "I never knew you" must be accepted in its deeper signification of "recognizing the disciples". Augustine says that for Christ to say, "I never knew you", is only another way of saying, "You never knew me". Depart from me, ye that work iniquity. In spite of all their professions they had been evil doers. Their religion expended itself in professions and prayers. Hence, in "that day" they are commanded to depart. What it is to so depart we may learn from Mt 25:41. It is evident from this passage that many are self-deceived.

Discussion for Matthew 7

  • Ivy
    What matters to God is that we do His will (Matthew 7:21).
    Matthew 7:23 also reveals that God hates sin; let us strive to do away with sin and be perfect as God is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
    Yes, we can be perfect for we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
    God supplies the strength for every command.
  • Irene123
    V. 6 - " ..... cast not your pearls before swine ..... "; when one once witnesses to someone who rejects and/or scoffs - do not waste God's word on them again, BUT - pray, pray for them that their hearts will be touched and their eyes opened.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 12 The Golden rule. The Mosaic Law was full of hundred of commandments. Yet, this one sentence spoken by Jesus sums up about half of them. Jesus was truly The Great Teacher. He taught with simplicity, yet it was powerful. Let us imitate his example.
  • Angela
    You don't judge others by their sin you judge them by their fruit . does what they say line up with God's word. Know your word so you will not be deceived . Don't judge others by their dress if some one in church. Offends you don't judge look at your self first . You don't know what people go through in their lives. They might just be having a bad day. Smile give hugs and Love
  • Irene123
    You are quite the 'naysayer'. Being a Christian we are to lift each other up. Jesus' church of Acts ch. 2 - is still here. You just told people there is no hope by saying there are no churches that preach truth anymore. I've got a feeling you've been in 'contact' with His church ....... ? The one that preaches Acts 2:38 for salvation.
  • Daniel
    Mt 7:21ff teaches about being careful thinking that we can perform miracles yet neglect the main purpose which is to exposit God's word with full respect and truth. Many of us are driven by miracle performers who don't even dare to prepare or study God's word. Good preaching does not exist anymore in churches. Lets go back to basics.

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