Parallel Verses

Amplified

Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it], for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.

New American Standard Bible

"Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

King James Version

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Holman Bible

“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able

International Standard Version

He told them, "Keep on struggling to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you that many people will try to enter, but won't be able to do so.

A Conservative Version

Compete to enter in by the narrow gate, because many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

American Standard Version

Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

An Understandable Version

"You should try hard to enter [God's kingdom] by means of the narrow door, for I tell you, many people will try to enter it but will not be able to.

Anderson New Testament

Strive to enter in through the strait gate; for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Bible in Basic English

Do your best to go in by the narrow door, for I say to you, A number will make the attempt to go in, but will not be able to do so.

Common New Testament

"Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Daniel Mace New Testament

strive to enter in at the narrow gate: for I declare unto you, that many shall try to get in, and shall not be able.

Darby Translation

Strive with earnestness to enter in through the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in and will not be able.

Godbey New Testament

Agonize to enter in through the narrow gate: because many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

Goodspeed New Testament

"You must strain every nerve to get in through the narrow door, for I tell you many will try to get in, and will not succeed,

John Wesley New Testament

And he said to him, Strive to enter in thro' the strait gate; for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Strive to enter in at the narrow gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in and shall not be able.

Julia Smith Translation

Strive earnestly to enter through the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

King James 2000

Strive to enter in at the narrow gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Lexham Expanded Bible

"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able to,

Modern King James verseion

Strive to enter in at the narrow gate. For I say to you, many will seek to enter in and shall not be able.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

"Strive with yourselves to enter in at the strait gate: For many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Moffatt New Testament

"Strive to get in through the narrow door, for I tell you many will try to get in and not be able,

Montgomery New Testament

"Struggle to enter in by the narrow door," he answered, "for I tell you that many will try to enter and not be able,

NET Bible

"Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

New Heart English Bible

"Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

Noyes New Testament

Strive to enter in through the narrow door; for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

Sawyer New Testament

Strive to enter in by the narrow gate; for many, I tell you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

The Emphasized Bible

Be striving to enter through the narrow door; for, many, I say unto you, will seek to enter, and will not be able, -

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Exert all your powers to enter through the strait gate: for many, I tell you, will seek to enter, but will not be able.

Twentieth Century New Testament

"Strive to go in by the small door. Many, I tell you, will seek to go in, but they will not be able,

Webster

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Weymouth New Testament

"Strain every nerve to force your way in through the narrow gate," He answered; "for multitudes, I tell you, will endeavour to find a way in and will not succeed.

Williams New Testament

"You must struggle on to get in through the narrow door, for I tell you, many will try to get in, but will not succeed,

World English Bible

"Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

Worrell New Testament

And He said to them, "Strive to enter in through the narrow door; because many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

Worsley New Testament

But He said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for I tell you, many will desire to enter in, and shall not be able.

Youngs Literal Translation

'Be striving to go in through the straight gate, because many, I say to you, will seek to go in, and shall not be able;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
G75
ἀγωνίζομαι 
Agonizomai 
Usage: 5

to enter in
εἰσέρχομαι 
Eiserchomai 
εἰσέρχομαι 
Eiserchomai 
enter, go, come in, go in, enter in, come, arise
enter, go, come in, go in, enter in, come, arise
Usage: 120
Usage: 120

at
διά 
Dia 
by, through, with, for, for ... sake, therefore , for this cause , because,
Usage: 527

the strait
στενός 
Stenos 
Usage: 0

πύλη 
Pule 
Usage: 4

for
ὅτι 
Hoti 
Usage: 764

πολύς πολλός 
Polus 
Usage: 292

I say
λέγω 
Lego 
Usage: 1045

ὑμῖν 
Humin 
you, ye, your, not tr,
Usage: 293

will seek
ζητέω 
Zeteo 
Usage: 79

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

ἰσχύω 
Ischuo 
can , be able, avail, prevail, be whole, cannot , can do, may,
Usage: 19

not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

References

American

Easton

Context Readings

The Narrow Door

23 And someone asked Him, Lord, will only a few be saved (rescued, delivered from the penalties of the last judgment, and made partakers of the salvation by Christ)? And He said to them, 24 Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it], for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house gets up and closes the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door [again and again], saying, Lord, open to us! He will answer you, I do not know where [ what household -- "certainly not Mine] you come from.


Cross References

Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Genesis 32:25-26

And when [the Man] saw that He did not prevail against [Jacob], He touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob's thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with Him.

Proverbs 1:24-28

Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it,

Proverbs 14:6

A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.

Ecclesiastes 10:15

The labor of fools wearies every one of them, because [he is so ignorant of the ordinary matters that] he does not even know how to get to town.

Isaiah 1:15

And when you spread forth your hands [in prayer, imploring help], I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood!

Isaiah 58:2-4

Yet they seek, inquire for, and require Me daily and delight [externally] to know My ways, as [if they were in reality] a nation that did righteousness and forsook not the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God [in visible ways].

Ezekiel 33:31

And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as My people, and they hear the words you say, but they will not do them; for with their mouths they show much love, but their hearts go after and are set on their [idolatrous greed for] gain.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.

Matthew 11:12

And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize -- "a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].

Mark 6:18-20

For John had told Herod, It is not lawful and you have no right to have your brother's wife.

Luke 21:36

Keep awake then and watch at all times [be discreet, attentive, and ready], praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things [taken together] that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.

John 6:27

Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him.

John 7:34

You will look for Me, but you will not [be able to] find Me; where I am, you cannot come.

John 8:21

Therefore He said again to them, I am going away, and you will be looking for Me, and you will die in (under the curse of) your sin. Where I am going, it is not possible for you to come.

John 13:33

[Dear] little children, I am to be with you only a little longer. You will look for Me and, as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: you are not able to come where I am going.

Romans 9:31-33

Whereas Israel, though ever in pursuit of a law [for the securing] of righteousness (right standing with God), actually did not succeed in fulfilling the Law.

Romans 10:3

For being ignorant of the righteousness that God ascribes [which makes one acceptable to Him in word, thought, and deed] and seeking to establish a righteousness (a means of salvation) of their own, they did not obey or submit themselves to God's righteousness.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.

Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).

Colossians 1:29

For this I labor [ unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.

Hebrews 4:11

Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].

2 Peter 1:10

Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall.

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