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Matthew 7:18

    Matthew 7:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    It is not possible for a good tree to give bad fruit, and a bad tree will not give good fruit.

    Webster's Revision

    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    World English Bible

    A good tree can't produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 7:18

    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit - Love to God and man is the root of the good tree; and from this principle all its fruit is found. To teach, as some have done, that a state of salvation may be consistent with the greatest crimes, (such as murder and adultery in David), or that the righteous necessarily sin in all their best works, is really to make the good tree bring forth bad fruit, and to give the lie to the Author of eternal truth.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 7:18

    7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither a corrupt tree good fruit - But it is certain, the goodness or badness here mentioned respects the doctrine, rather than the personal character. For a bad man preaching the good doctrine here delivered, is sometimes an instrument of converting sinners to God. Yet I do not aver, that all are true prophets who speak the truth, and thereby convert sinners. I only affirm, that none are such who do not.