Matthew 7:10
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New International Version
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

New Living Translation
Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!

English Standard Version
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?

New American Standard Bible
"Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?

King James Bible
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

International Standard Version
Or if he asks for a fish, he wouldn't give him a snake, would he?

NET Bible
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if he will ask him for a fish, will he hand him a snake?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Or if your child asks for a fish, would you give him a snake?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Or if he asks for fish, will he give him a serpent?

King James 2000 Bible
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

American King James Version
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

American Standard Version
or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or if he shall ask him a fish, will he reach him a serpent?

Darby Bible Translation
and if he ask a fish, will give him a serpent?

English Revised Version
or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent?

Webster's Bible Translation
Or if he shall ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Weymouth New Testament
Or if the son shall ask him for a fish will offer him a snake?

World English Bible
Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent?

Young's Literal Translation
and if a fish he may ask -- a serpent will he present to him?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:7-11 Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need. Pray; pray often; make a business of prayer, and be serious and earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms. Ask, as a traveller asks the way. Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost; or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls. Knock, as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. Sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer we knock. Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? This is made to apply to all that pray aright; every one that asketh receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, all are alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith. It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask. Parents are often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? Which is somewhat like a fish, especially an eel. Fish and bread are mentioned, because these were common food; see Mark 6:41 John 21:13 and particularly in Galilee, a fish country, where Christ now was, and from whence he had called his disciples, who were fishermen. In Luke 11:12 it is added, "or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?" which is used, as the rest, to show the absurdity and inhumanity of such conduct; and that indeed nothing of this kind is to be found among men, unless it be among monsters in nature.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?—like it, indeed, but only to sting him.

Matthew 7:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ask, Seek, Knock
9"Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10"Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!…
Cross References
Matthew 7:9
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

Matthew 7:11
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

John 3:14
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
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