Matthew 7:14
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New International Version
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

New Living Translation
But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

English Standard Version
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Berean Study Bible
But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Berean Literal Bible
For small is the gate and narrow the way leading to life, and few are those finding it.

New American Standard Bible
"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

King James Bible
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

International Standard Version
How narrow is the gate and how constricted is the road that leads to life, and there aren't many people who find it!"

NET Bible
But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How narrow is the gate and strict the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.

New American Standard 1977
“For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because narrow is the gate, and confined is the way which leads unto life, and there are few that find it.

King James 2000 Bible
Because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.

American King James Version
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.

American Standard Version
For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

Darby Bible Translation
For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.

English Revised Version
For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few be they that find it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there are that find it.

Weymouth New Testament
because narrow is the gate and contracted the road which leads to Life, and few are those who find it.

World English Bible
How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.

Young's Literal Translation
how strait is the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it!
Study Bible
The Narrow Gate
13Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.…
Word Study

Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

Narrow, strait. Probably from the base of histemi; narrow.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A gate. Apparently a primary word; a gate, i.e. The leaf or wing of a folding entrance.

And, even, also, namely.

(a) I make narrow (strictly: by pressure); I press upon, (b) I persecute, press hard. Akin to the base of tribos; to crowd.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A way, road, journey, path. Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication, a progress; figuratively, a mode or means.

To lead, carry, take away; met: To be led astray, seduced. From apo and ago; to take off.

A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

And, even, also, namely.

Puny; especially neuter somewhat.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:12-14 Christ came to teach us, not only what we are to know and believe, but what we are to do; not only toward God, but toward men; not only toward those of our party and persuasion, but toward men in general, all with whom we have to do. We must do that to our neighbour which we ourselves acknowledge to be fit and reasonable. We must, in our dealings with men, suppose ourselves in the same case and circumstances with those we have to do with, and act accordingly. There are but two ways right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven and the way to hell; in the one or other of these all are walking: there is no middle place hereafter, no middle way now. All the children of men are saints or sinners, godly or ungodly. See concerning the way of sin and sinners, that the gate is wide, and stands open. You may go in at this gate with all your lusts about you; it gives no check to appetites or passions. It is a broad way; there are many paths in it; there is choice of sinful ways. There is a large company in this way. But what profit is there in being willing to go to hell with others, because they will not go to heaven with us? The way to eternal life is narrow. We are not in heaven as soon as we are got through the strait gate. Self must be denied, the body kept under, and corruptions mortified. Daily temptations must be resisted; duties must be done. We must watch in all things, and walk with care; and we must go through much tribulation. And yet this way should invite us all; it leads to life: to present comfort in the favour of God, which is the life of the soul; to eternal bliss, the hope of which at the end of our way, should make all the difficulties of the road easy to us. This plain declaration of Christ has been disregarded by many who have taken pains to explain it away; but in all ages the real disciple of Christ has been looked on as a singular, unfashionable character; and all that have sided with the greater number, have gone on in the broad road to destruction. If we would serve God, we must be firm in our religion. Can we often hear of the strait gate and the narrow way, and how few there are that find it, without being in pain for ourselves, or considering whether we are entered on the narrow way, and what progress we are making in it?
Cross References
Psalm 16:11
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Isaiah 35:8
A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it.

Matthew 7:13
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
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