Matthew 3:10
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New International Version
The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

New Living Translation
Even now the ax of God's judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.

English Standard Version
Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Berean Study Bible
The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Berean Literal Bible
Already now the ax is applied to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

New American Standard Bible
"The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

King James Bible
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore, every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

International Standard Version
The ax already lies against the roots of the trees. So every tree that isn't producing good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

NET Bible
Even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But behold, the axe is laid at the root of the tree; every tree, therefore, that has not produced good fruit is cut down and falls into the fire.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ax is now ready to cut the roots of the trees. Any tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.

New American Standard 1977
“And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now the axe is also laid unto the root of the trees; therefore, every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.

King James 2000 Bible
And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

American King James Version
And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

American Standard Version
And even now the axe lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire.

Darby Bible Translation
And already the axe is applied to the root of the trees; every tree therefore not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.

English Revised Version
And even now is the axe laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Weymouth New Testament
And already the axe is lying at the root of the trees, so that every tree which does not produce good fruit will quickly be hewn down and thrown into the fire.

World English Bible
"Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn't bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.

Young's Literal Translation
and now also, the axe unto the root of the trees is laid, every tree therefore not bearing good fruit is hewn down, and to fire is cast.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:7-12 To make application to the souls of the hearers, is the life of preaching; so it was of John's preaching. The Pharisees laid their chief stress on outward observances, neglecting the weightier matters of the moral law, and the spiritual meaning of their legal ceremonies. Others of them were detestable hypocrites, making their pretences to holiness a cloak for iniquity. The Sadducees ran into the opposite extreme, denying the existence of spirits, and a future state. They were the scornful infidels of that time and country. There is a wrath to come. It is the great concern of every one to flee from that wrath. God, who delights not in our ruin, has warned us; he warns by the written word, by ministers, by conscience. And those are not worthy of the name of penitents, or their privileges, who say they are sorry for their sins, yet persist in them. It becomes penitents to be humble and low in their own eyes, to be thankful for the least mercy, patient under the greatest affliction, to be watchful against all appearances of sin, to abound in every duty, and to be charitable in judging others. Here is a word of caution, not to trust in outward privileges. There is a great deal which carnal hearts are apt to say within themselves, to put aside the convincing, commanding power of the word of God. Multitudes, by resting in the honours and mere advantages of their being members of an outward church, come short of heaven. Here is a word of terror to the careless and secure. Our corrupt hearts cannot be made to produce good fruit, unless the regenerating Spirit of Christ graft the good word of God upon them. And every tree, however high in gifts and honours, however green in outward professions and performances, if it bring not forth good fruit, the fruits meet for repentance, is hewn down and cast into the fire of God's wrath, the fittest place for barren trees: what else are they good for? If not fit for fruit, they are fit for fuel. John shows the design and intention of Christ's appearing, which they were now speedily to expect. No outward forms can make us clean. No ordinances, by whomsoever administered, or after whatever mode, can supply the want of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire. The purifying and cleansing power of the Holy Spirit alone can produce that purity of heart, and those holy affections, which accompany salvation. It is Christ who baptizes with the Holy Ghost. This he did in the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit sent upon the apostles, Ac 2:4. This he does in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, given to those that ask him, Lu 11:13; Joh 7:38,39; see Ac 11:16. Observe here, the outward church is Christ's floor, Isa 21:10. True believers are as wheat, substantial, useful, and valuable; hypocrites are as chaff, light and empty, useless and worthless, carried about with every wind; these are mixed, good and bad, in the same outward communion. There is a day coming when the wheat and chaff shall be separated. The last judgment will be the distinguishing day, when saints and sinners shall be parted for ever. In heaven the saints are brought together, and no longer scattered; they are safe, and no longer exposed; separated from corrupt neighbours without, and corrupt affections within, and there is no chaff among them. Hell is the unquenchable fire, which will certainly be the portion and punishment of hypocrites and unbelievers. Here life and death, good and evil, are set before us: according as we now are in the field, we shall be then in the floor.
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
9And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 23:7
But the man who touches them Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, And they will be completely burned with fire in their place."

Psalm 92:12
The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 140:10
"May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.

Daniel 4:14
'He shouted out and spoke as follows: "Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, Strip off its foliage and scatter its fruit; Let the beasts flee from under it And the birds from its branches.

Malachi 3:2
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.

Matthew 7:19
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Luke 3:9
The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

Luke 13:7
So he said to the keeper of the vineyard, 'Look, for the past three years I have come to search for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Therefore cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'

John 15:2
He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful.
Treasury of Scripture

And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

now.

Malachi 3:1-3 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

Hebrews 3:1-3 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the …

Hebrews 10:28-31 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses…

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

the axe.

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

Luke 23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

therefore.

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that …

Psalm 92:13,14 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in …

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for …

Jeremiah 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads …

John 15:2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every …

is hewn.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast …

Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing …

Psalm 80:15,16 And the vineyard which your right hand has planted, and the branch …

Isaiah 5:2-7 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted …

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the …

Ezekiel 15:2-7 Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch …

Luke 13:6-9 He spoke also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted …

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; …

Hebrews 6:8 But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near to …

1 Peter 4:17,18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

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