21 (A)Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 (B)Many will say to Me on (C)that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; (D)depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

The Two Foundations

24 “Therefore (E)everyone who hears these words of Mine and [b]acts on them, [c]may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the [d]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not [e]act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the [f]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

28 [g](F)When Jesus had finished these words, (G)the crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 7:22 Or works of power
  2. Matthew 7:24 Lit does
  3. Matthew 7:24 Lit will
  4. Matthew 7:25 Lit rivers
  5. Matthew 7:26 Lit do
  6. Matthew 7:27 Lit rivers
  7. Matthew 7:28 Lit And it happened when

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’(A) will enter the kingdom of heaven,(B) but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.(C) 22 Many will say to me on that day,(D) ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’(E) 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’(F)

The Wise and Foolish Builders(G)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice(H) is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,(I) the crowds were amazed at his teaching,(J) 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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25 Once the head of the house gets up and (A)shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘(B)Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘(C)I do not know where you are from.’

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25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’(A)

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