Matthew 7:3

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but considerest not the beame that is in thine owne eye?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And why do you take note of the grain of dust in your brother's eye, but take no note of the bit of wood which is in your eye?
- Basic English Bible

But why lookest thou on the mote that is in the eye of thy brother, but observest not the beam that is in thine eye?
- Darby Bible

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye?
- Webster's Bible

And why do you look at the splinter in your brother's eye, and not notice the beam which is in your own eye?
- Weymouth Bible

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but don't consider the beam that is in your own eye?
- World English Bible

But what seest thou a litil mote in the iye of thi brother, and seest not a beem in thin owne iye?
- Wycliffe Bible

`And why dost thou behold the mote that [is] in thy brother's eye, and the beam that [is] in thine own eye dost not consider?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:3


7:3 In particular, why do you open your eyes to any fault of your brother, while you yourself are guilty of a much greater? The mote - The word properly signifies a splinter or shiver of wood. This and a beam, its opposite, were proverbially used by the Jews, to denote, the one, small infirmities, the other, gross, palpable faults. #Luke 6:41|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 7:3


Mt 7:3 Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye? The Lord uses a figure to show the absurdity of judging severely the faults of others, while we have greater ones. The term translated "mote" means a little splinter, while the beam is something very large.

Discussion for Matthew 7

  • A disciple
    "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." THE GOLDEN RULE Not only for our behavior toward each other; (which truly would make a very wonderful world); but it has to do directly with the kind of divine character we ask from God for ourselves, and the way of life reflecting that grace without hypocrisy.
  • 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

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