Matthew 12:33
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New International Version
"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

New Living Translation
"A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.

English Standard Version
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.

Berean Study Bible
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

Berean Literal Bible
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad. For the tree is known by the fruit.

New American Standard Bible
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.

King James Bible
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

International Standard Version
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten, because a tree is known by its fruit.

NET Bible
"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit.

New Heart English Bible
"Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Either make the tree good and its fruit good or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Make a tree good, and then its fruit will be good. Or make a tree rotten, and then its fruit will be rotten. A person can recognize a tree by its fruit.

New American Standard 1977
“Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.

King James 2000 Bible
Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

American King James Version
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

American Standard Version
Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Either make the tree good and its fruit good: or make the tree evil, and its fruit evil. For by the fruit the tree is known.

Darby Bible Translation
Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt. For from the fruit the tree is known.

English Revised Version
Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

Weymouth New Testament
"Either grant the tree to be wholesome and its fruit wholesome, or the tree poisonous and its fruit poisonous; for the tree is known by its fruit.

World English Bible
"Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.

Young's Literal Translation
'Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad, for from the fruit is the tree known.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:33-37 Men's language discovers what country they are of, likewise what manner of spirit they are of. The heart is the fountain, words are the streams. A troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring, must send forth muddy and unpleasant streams. Nothing but the salt of grace, cast into the spring, will heal the waters, season the speech, and purify the corrupt communication. An evil man has an evil treasure in his heart, and out of it brings forth evil things. Lusts and corruptions, dwelling and reigning in the heart, are an evil treasure, out of which the sinner brings forth bad words and actions, to dishonour God, and hurt others. Let us keep constant watch over ourselves, that we may speak words agreeable to the Christian character.
Study Bible
Good and Bad Fruit
32Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the one to come. 33Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:16
By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Matthew 7:17
Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

Matthew 7:20
So then, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Luke 6:43
No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.

Luke 6:44
For each tree is known by its own fruit. Indeed, people do not gather figs from thornbushes, or grapes from brambles.

John 15:4
Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.
Treasury of Scripture

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

make the good tree.

Matthew 23:26 You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and …

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Luke 11:39,40 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

and his fruit good.

Matthew 3:8-10 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance…

Matthew 7:16-20 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, …

Luke 3:9 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: every tree …

Luke 6:43,44 For a good tree brings not forth corrupt fruit; neither does a corrupt …

John 15:4-7 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, …

James 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brothers, bear olive berries? either a vine, …

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