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

  • Jevon
    Judge not, that ye be not judged.
    2
    For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
  • Lilian
    Give not which is holy unto the dogs Jesus said Be ye Holy for I am Holy I am the vine and you are the fruit. We are nothing without Jesus as our vine neither a good tree can never produce a good fruit where a corrupt tree will only produce evil fruits. God has given us life to choose to follow him for he is the only rock and my salvation in him there is no darkness I will praise you Jesus forever
  • A disciple
    "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." This verse has long been a favorite 'go to' saying about not speaking to those who show themselves unworthy and incapable of receiving the Word, because of their brutish and or Satanic nature. This goes with how the Lord warned in another place, to "Beware of men, for they will deliver you up.." But Read the whole portion in its context, and you'll see that the warning is used, not BECAUSE they are unfit to hear, so much as it is for us not to cause ourselves unnecessary hurt and danger BY HYPOCRISY. The precious and holy things we bear in our preaching and teaching, are known and read of all men alongside our character and behavior. Although in a very grave sense they "know not what they do " God has nevertheless given it to them to see the "City Lights which He has set on a hill " and demands that our witness be true and faithful, agreeing with the Spirit's convictions He has ordained and uses through us and our words.
  • A disciple
    Ruth (cont.); Just wanted to say, that I agree with you! I don't mean to 'nit pick' (and I wasn't 'finding fault' with what you wrote at all!); but I wanted to emphasize that the idea of one having to belong to a Church and subject himself without thinking, Is this right? is misleading, and a potentially terrible dangerous snare. Birds of a feather flock together. People flock to those they like!
  • Steve morrow
    IS NOT BAPTISM PART OF GODS WILL--PART OF THE GOSPEL--MATTHEW 7:21 NOT EVERYONE 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 *** 1 PETER 4:17 FOR THE TIME IS COME THAT JUDGEMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD AND IF IT FIRST BEGIN AT US WHAT SHALL THE END BE OF THEM THAT --OBEY NOT-- THE GOSPEL OF GOD
  • A disciple
    Nia; AMEN! Luke 6:26 "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets." Mark 13:22 "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect." They of the Truth hear Jesus' voice and follow HIM! A stranger they will not follow, but WILL FLEE from strangers! God proves us.

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