1 "Stop criticizing others, so that you may not be criticized yourselves. 2 For exactly as you criticize others, you will be criticized, and in accordance with the measure that you give to others, it will be measured back to you. 3 Why do you keep watching the tiny speck in your brother's eye, but pay no attention to the girder in your own? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me get that tiny speck out of your eye,' while all the time there is a girder in your own? 5 You hypocrite, first get the girder out of your own eye, and then you can see well enough to get the tiny speck out of your brother's eye. 6 "You must never give the things that are sacred to dogs, and you must never throw your pearls before hogs, for fear they might trample them under their feet and turn and tear you to pieces.
7 "Keep on asking, and the gift will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and the door will open to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking, receives, and everyone who keeps on seeking, finds, and to the one who keeps on knocking, the door will open. 9 What human father among you, when his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a snake? 11 So if you, in spite of your being bad, know how to give your children what is good, how much more surely will your heavenly Father give what is good to those who keep on asking Him? 12 Then you must practice dealing with others as you would like for them to deal with you, for this is the summing up of the law and the prophets.
13 "Go in by the narrow gate, for broad and roomy is the road that leads to destruction, and many are going in by it. 14 But narrow is the gate and hard is the road that leads to life, and few are they that find it.
15 "Look out for false prophets, who come to you under the guise of sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. 16 You must recognize them by their fruits. People do not pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles, do they? 17 So any healthy tree bears good fruit and a sickly tree bears poor fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear poor fruit, and a sickly tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and burned up. 20 So you must recognize them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will get into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who practice doing the will of my Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, was it not in your name that we prophesied, and in your name that we drove out demons, and in your name that we did many wonder-works?' 23 And then I will say to them openly, 'I never knew you at all. Go away from me, you who practiced doing wrong.'
24 "So everyone who listens to my words and practices their teaching, will be like a prudent man who built his house on a rocky foundation. 25 And the rain fell, and the rivers rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it did not fall, for its pillars had been laid on a rocky foundation. 26 And anyone who listens to my words and does not practice their teaching, will be like an imprudent man who built his house on sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the rivers rose, and the wind blew and beat against that house, and it collapsed, and the wreck of it was complete."