1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 for according as ye judge others, ye shall be judged yourselves: the measure you mete, shall be measured to you again. 3 why do you observe the mote that is in your brother's eye, and not consider the beam that is in your own eye? 4 with what assurance can you say, brother, let me take that mote out of your eye; when there is such an apparent beam in your own eye? 5 thou hypocrite, first get rid of the beam in your own eye; and then see how to remove the mote out of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest these trample them under foot, and those turn upon you and tear you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and ye shall find: knock, and the door shall be opened. 8 for every one that asks, does receive: he that seeks, does find: and he that knocks at the door, is admitted. 9 is there any of you that would offer his son a stone when he ask'd for bread? 10 or instead of a fish, would he give him a serpent? 11 if ye then, as wicked as ye are, know how to bestow proper gifts upon your children; how much more shall your heavenly father give good things to them that ask him? 12 Let your actions be such, with regard to others, as you should think reasonable with regard to yourselves, for this is the substance of the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate; the gate that leadeth to destruction is broad, and the way is open, and they who pass through are numerous. 14 but the gate which leads to life is narrow, and the way is difficult, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, who to outward appearance are sheep, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 you will know them by their fruits: do men gather grapes of thorns, 17 or figs of thistles? so every good tree yields good fruit: but a corrupt tree yields bad fruit. 18 a good tree cannot produce bad fruit: neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 19 every tree that doth not yield good fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire. 20 by their fruits then shall ye know them.
21 Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but only they who do the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 many will cry out to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? have we not cast out devils in thy name? and in thy name have we not wrought many miracles? 23 and then will I make this declaration to them: I never knew you: depart from me ye that have practised iniquity.
24 therefore, whoever heareth these instructions of mine, and puts them in practice, I will compare him to the prudent man, who built his house upon a rock: 25 the rain descended, the floods came, the winds blew, and beat upon that house: but it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. 26 but every one that heareth these instructions of mine, and practiseth them not, shall be compared to a fool who built his house upon the sand: 27 the rain descends, the flood rushes on, the winds blow, and beat upon the house: down it falls, and wide are its ruins.