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Matthew 7:21-27

Context
Judgment of Pretenders

7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ 1  will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do 2  many powerful deeds?’ 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ 3 

Hearing and Doing

7:24 “Everyone 4  who hears these words of mine and does them is like 5  a wise man 6  who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood 7  came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!” 8 

1 sn The double use of the vocative is normally used in situations of high emotion or emphasis. Even an emphatic confession without action means little.

2 tn Grk “and in your name do.” This phrase was not repeated here in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Grk “workers of lawlessness.”

4 tn Grk “Therefore everyone.” Here οὖν (oun) has not been translated.

5 tn Grk “will be like.” The same phrase occurs in v. 26.

6 tn Here and in v. 26 the Greek text reads ἀνήρ (anhr), while the parallel account in Luke 6:47-49 uses ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") in vv. 48 and 49.

7 tn Grk “the rivers.”

8 tn Grk “and great was its fall.”



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