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 7:23

  • William barnes for verse 23
    I think jesus is saying if u dont ask him for forgivness and do repent he will not know u, THIS IS WHY WE GOTTA ASK HIM INTO OUR HEART. AM I RIGHT? Remember john 3:16
  • David Bumgarner for verse 23
    I believe it means exactly what it states, People who believe they are saved because they want to be saved but they are unwilling to REPENT, therefore they are NEVER given power by God to sanctification, justification and hence no glorification, they love the world. Not God creator of the world.
  • No, he wasn 't talking about Muslims, considering the religion of Islam was not yet established. He was talking about those who claim or even believe they act on behalf of the Lord but by their actions do the opposite. Matthew speaks of those who will ask God to recognize the good works they have done in his name, but they are told to depart because they work iniquity. Iniquity means evil, wickedness. One may believe one is doing His work, but if you spread hatred and anger and sow dissension, you are not. There are countless examples of people who believe they act in God 's name but whose actions are inconsistent with the Gospel. By their fruits shall ye know them.
  • Sharon daniel for verse 23
    In other words, to hear Him say to us on "that day " "Well done thy good and faithful servant. " I has to do the will of our Father 100 ? This leaves no room for error, and it scares me. I have been reading and trying to live it, but, I 'm still weak, I 'm human. I am not wanting to hear Him tell me to depart from me, I never knew you " Of course, I, like most want to hear Him say, "well done, thy good and faithful servant. " I guess He wants us to continue striving for the mark, continuing to shed of sin the crud of this world and to put on our "New man. "
  • Anonymous Jesus is talking about the so called Christians who profess to know Him but really don t The ones who take the mission trips to other countries to convert the blind when they are still blind themselves The ones who make those converted two fold more a child of hell than themselves Matt 23 15 The preachers who stand up in the pulpit Sunday after Sunday preaching lies and half truths It s about the false witnesses the false teachers the false prophets Those who refuse the truth because they rather believe a lie And those who refuse to be baptized with the Holy Ghost so that He can lead them in the pathway of righteousness and all truth Those who refuse to allow Jesus to be Lord and Savior of their lives This is who Jesus is talking about
  • Anonymous for verse 23
    Do you think Jesus was talking about Muslims when he says depart from me ye cursed any thoughts 

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