Matthew 7:20
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New International Version
Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

New Living Translation
Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

English Standard Version
Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

New American Standard Bible
"So then, you will know them by their fruits.

King James Bible
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So you'll recognize them by their fruit.

International Standard Version
So by their fruit you will know them."

NET Bible
So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore by their fruit you will know them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So you will know them by what they produce.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So that by their fruits ye shall know them.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.

American King James Version
Why by their fruits you shall know them.

American Standard Version
Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

Darby Bible Translation
By their fruits then surely ye shall know them.

English Revised Version
Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them,

Weymouth New Testament
So by their fruits at any rate, you will easily recognize them.

World English Bible
Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

Young's Literal Translation
therefore from their fruits ye shall know them.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:15-20 Nothing so much prevents men from entering the strait gate, and becoming true followers of Christ, as the carnal, soothing, flattering doctrines of those who oppose the truth. They may be known by the drift and effects of their doctrines. Some part of their temper and conduct is contrary to the mind of Christ. Those opinions come not from God that lead to sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - (Ver. 16, note.) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Wherefore (ἄραγε). Ver. 16a is restated, but now in "rigorous logical inference" (Winer, § 53:8. a) from vers. 16b - 18. Since it is a certainty that fruit is the result of inner nature, you shall from these men's fruits fully learn their true character.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. This is the conclusion of the whole, and a repetition of what is before said, the more to fix the rule of judgment upon their minds, and engage them to try men by their doctrines, and their doctrines by the standard of the Scriptures, and not believe every spirit; for with some care and diligence such persons may be detected, and the malignant influence of their ministry be prevented. The sum of the whole is, that ordinarily, and generally speaking, as men are, so are the doctrines they preach, and by them they may be known, and judged to be what they are. Christ here, and in the preceding verses, is speaking not of men of bad lives and conversations, who take upon them to teach others; for there is not so much reason to caution good men against these; they are easily detected, and generally discarded; but of men that put on sheep's clothing, who pretended to much holiness of life and conversation, and strictness of religion; and under that disguise delivered out the most corrupt and unwholesome doctrines; which tended greatly to depreciate him and his grace, and to do damage to the souls of men.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them—that is, But the point I now press is not so much the end of such, as the means of detecting them; and this, as already said, is their fruits. The hypocrisy of teachers now leads to a solemn warning against religious hypocrisy in general.

Matthew 7:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Tree and its Fruit
19"Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20"So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21"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.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:16
By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Matthew 12:33
"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.

Luke 6:44
Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.

James 3:12
My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Treasury of Scripture

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