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Matthew 7:7-11

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Ask, Seek, Knock

7:7 “Ask 1  and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 2  will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks 3  receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is 4  there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 5  7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 6  know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 7  to those who ask him!

1 sn The three present imperatives in this verse (Ask…seek…knock) are probably intended to call for a repeated or continual approach before God.

2 tn Grk “it”; the referent (a door) is implied by the context and has been specified in the translation here and in v. 8 for clarity.

3 sn The actions of asking, seeking, and knocking are repeated here from v. 7 with the encouragement that God does respond.

4 tn Grk “Or is there.”

5 sn The two questions of vv. 9-10 expect the answer, “No parent would do this!”

6 tn The participle ὄντες (ontes) has been translated concessively.

7 sn The provision of the good gifts is probably a reference to the wisdom and guidance supplied in response to repeated requests. The teaching as a whole stresses not that we get everything we want, but that God gives the good that we need.



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