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Matthew 7:7

    Matthew 7:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Make a request, and it will be answered; what you are searching for you will get; give the sign, and the door will be open to you:

    Webster's Revision

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

    World English Bible

    "Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 7:7

    Ask - seek - knock - These three words include the ideas of want, loss, and earnestness.

    Ask: turn, beggar at, the door of mercy; thou art destitute of all spiritual good, and it is God alone who can give it to thee; and thou hast no claim but what his mercy has given thee on itself.

    Seek: Thou hast lost thy God, thy paradise, thy soul. - Look about thee - leave no stone unturned there is no peace, no final salvation for thee till thou get thy soul restored to the favor and image of God.

    Knock: Be in earnest - be importunate: Eternity is at hand! and, if thou die in thy sins, where God is thou shalt never come.

    Ask with confidence and humility.

    Seek with care and application.

    Knock with earnestness and perseverance.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 7:7

    Ask, and it shall be given you ... - There are here three different forms presented of seeking the things which we need from God - asking, 'seeking, and knocking. The latter is taken from the act of knocking at a door for admittance. See Luke 13:25; Revelation 3:20. The phrases signify to seek with earnestness, diligence, and perseverance. The promise is, that what we seek shall be given us. It is of course implied that we seek with a proper spirit, with humility, sincerity, and perseverance. It is implied, also, that we ask the things which it may be consistent for God to give - that is, things which he has promised to give, and which would be best for us, and most for his own honor, 1 John 5:14. Of that God is to be the judge. And here there is the utmost latitude which a creature can ask. God is willing to provide for us, to forgive our sins, to save our souls, to befriend us in trial, to comfort us in death, to extend the gospel through the world. Man "can" ask no higher things of God; and these he may ask, assured that he is willing to grant them.

    Christ encourages us to do this by the conduct of parents. No parent turns away his child with that which would be injurious. He would not give him a stone instead of bread, or a serpent instead of a fish. God is better and kinder than the most tender earthly parents; and with what confidence, therefore, may we come as his children, and ask what we need! Parents, he says, are evil; that is, are imperfect, often partial, and not unfrequently passionate; but God is free from all this, and therefore is ready and willing to aid us.

    Every one that asketh receiveth - That is, every one that asks aright; that prays in faith, and in submission to the will of God. He does not always give the very thing which we ask, but he gives what would be better. A parent will not always confer the "very thing" which a child asks, but he will seek the welfare of the child, and give what he thinks will be most for its good. Paul asked that the thorn from his flesh might be removed. God did not "literally" grant the request, but told him that his "grace" should be "sufficient" for him. See the notes at 2 Corinthians 12:7-9.

    A fish - A fish has some resemblance to a serpent; yet no parent would attempt to deceive his child in this. So God will not give to us that which might appear to be of use, but which would be injurious.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 7:7

    7:7 But ask - Pray for them, as well as for yourselves: in this there can be no such danger. Seek - Add your own diligent endeavours to your asking: and knock - Persevere importunately in that diligence. Luke 11:9.