‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.’ Really??

by Dr. Randy White, pastor
FBC, Katy, Texas

Few verses are more quoted than Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”  The verse is almost always misquoted and misused.  As far as I can tell, no English translation has the words in this fashion.  The King James Version says “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”  While this made-up version says the same as the good English translations, the fact that we so continually misquote it is indicative of our misuse of it as well!  The verse is almost always quoted (or misquoted)  in a judgmental fashion, and with the understanding that the verse gives an absolute injunction against ever expressing a judgment.

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