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Matthew 7:1

    Matthew 7:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Judge not, that you be not judged.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be not judges of others, and you will not be judged.

    Webster's Revision

    Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    World English Bible

    "Don't judge, so that you won't be judged.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 7:1

    Judge not, that ye be not judged - These exhortations are pointed against rash, harsh, and uncharitable judgments, the thinking evil, where no evil seems, and speaking of it accordingly. The Jews were highly criminal here, and yet had very excellent maxims against it, as may be seen in Schoettgen. This is one of the most important exhortations in the whole of this excellent sermon. By a secret and criminal disposition of nature, man endeavors to elevate himself above others, and, to do it more effectually, depresses them. His jealous and envious heart wishes that there may be no good quality found but in himself, that he alone may be esteemed. Such is the state of every unconverted man; and it is from this criminal disposition, that evil surmises, rash judgments, precipitate decisions, and all other unjust procedures against our neighbor, flow.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 7:1

    Judge not ... - This command refers to rash, censorious, and unjust judgment. See Romans 2:1. Luke Luk 6:37 explains it in the sense of "condemning." Christ does not condemn judging as a magistrate, for that, when according to justice, is lawful and necessary. Nor does he condemn our "forming an opinion" of the conduct of others, for it is impossible "not" to form an opinion of conduct that we know to be evil. But what he refers to is a habit of forming a judgment hastily, harshly, and without an allowance for every palliating circumstance, and a habit of "expressing" such an opinion harshly and unnecessarily when formed. It rather refers to private judgment than "judicial," and perhaps primarily to the customs of the scribes and Pharisees.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 7:1

    7:1 Judge not - any man without full, clear, certain knowledge, without absolute necessity, without tender love. Luke 6:37.