Matthew 7:24
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New International Version
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

New Living Translation
"Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

English Standard Version
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.

King James Bible
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.

International Standard Version
"Therefore, everyone who listens to these messages of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.

NET Bible
"Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.

New Heart English Bible
"Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, will be compared to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Everyone therefore who hears these my words, and does them, will be likened to the wise man who built his house on solid rock.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Therefore, everyone who hears what I say and obeys it will be like a wise person who built a house on rock.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, whosoever hears these words of mine and does them, I will liken him unto a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock;

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock:

American King James Version
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock:

American Standard Version
Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock,

Darby Bible Translation
Whoever therefore hears these my words and does them, I will liken him to a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock;

English Revised Version
Every one therefore which heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, which built his house upon the rock:

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore whoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock:

Weymouth New Testament
"Every one who hears these my teachings and acts upon them will be found to resemble a wise man who builds his house upon rock;

World English Bible
"Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.

Young's Literal Translation
'Therefore, every one who doth hear of me these words, and doth do them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
Study Bible
The House on the Rock
23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ 24Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because its foundation was on the rock.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:8
The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.

Proverbs 10:25
When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

Proverbs 12:7
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.

Matthew 7:25
The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because its foundation was on the rock.

Matthew 7:26
But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Matthew 16:18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Matthew 24:45
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others their food at the proper time?

Matthew 25:2
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

Matthew 25:4
But the wise ones took oil in flasks along with their lamps.

Matthew 25:9
No,' said the wise ones, 'or there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock:

whosoever.

Matthew 7:7,8,13,14 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:28-32 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her …

Matthew 6:14,15,19 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will …

Matthew 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the …

Luke 6:47-49 Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will …

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

John 14:15,22-24 If you love me, keep my commandments…

John 15:10,14 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

Romans 2:6-9 Who will render to every man according to his deeds…

Galatians 5:6,7 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

James 1:21-27 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

James 2:17-26 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone…

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 3:22-24 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

1 John 5:3-5 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his …

Revelation 22:14,15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

a wise.

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Psalm 119:99,130 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies …

Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly …

James 3:13-18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

which.

1 Corinthians 3:10,11 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master …

(24) Whosoever.--The Greek is more emphatically universal, every one whosoever.

These sayings of mine.--The reference to what has gone before tends, so far as it goes, to the conclusion that we have in these chapters a continuous discourse, and not a compilation of fragments. On the assumption that the Sermon on the Plain was different from that on the Mount, the recurrence of the same image there makes it probable that this or some similar parable was not an uncommon close to our Lord's discourses.

I will liken him unto a wise man.--The surrounding scenery may, in this as in other instances, have suggested the illustration. As in all hilly countries, the streams of Galilee rush down the torrent-beds during the winter and early spring, sweep all before them, overflow their banks, and leave beds of alluvial deposit on either side. When summer comes their waters fail (comp. Jeremiah 15:18; Job 6:15), and what had seemed a goodly river is then a tract covered with debris of stones and sand. A stranger coming to build might be attracted by the ready-prepared level surface of the sand. It would be easier to build there instead of working upon the hard and rugged rock. But the people of the land would know and mock the folly of such a builder, and he would pass (our Lord's words may possibly refer to something that had actually occurred) into a by-word of reproach. On such a house the winter torrent had swept down in its fury, and the storms had raged, and then the fair fabric, on which time and money had been expended, had given way, and fallen into a heap of ruins. Interpreting the parable in the connection in which our Lord has placed it, it is clear that the house is the general fabric of an outwardly religious life. "The rock" can be nothing else than the firm foundation of repentance and obedience, the assent of the will and affections as well as of the lips. The "sand" answers to the shifting, uncertain feelings which are with some men (the "foolish" ones of the parable) the only ground on which they act--love of praise, respect for custom, and the like. The "wind," the "rain," the "floods" hardly admit, unless by an unreal minuteness, of individual interpretation, but represent collectively the violence of persecution, of suffering, of temptations from without, beneath which all but the life which rests on the true foundation necessarily gives way.

Such is obviously the primary meaning of the parable here, but, like most other parables, it has other meanings, which, though secondary, are yet suggestive and instructive, and are not unsanctioned by the analogy of our Lord's teaching. (1.) Already He had bestowed upon one of His disciples the name of Cephas, Peter, the Rock, and in so doing had at least indicated the type of character represented by the "rock" upon which the wise man built. When He afterwards said, "Upon this rock will I build my Church," He was speaking in the character of a wise Master-builder who saw in fervent faith and unhesitating obedience the ground-work on which the Christian society, which He designated as His kingdom, was to rest. (2.) Personal experience and the teaching of the Spirit led men to the thought that there must be a yet deeper foundation, a rock below the rock even of obedience and holiness; and they found in Christ Himself that Rock and that Foundation (1Corinthians 3:10-11). Only in personal union with Him could they find the stability of will without which even their firmest purposes would be as the shifting sand.

Verses 24-27. - Parallel passage: Luke 6:47-49 (cf. also Ezekiel 13:10-16). A solemn close to the sermon. By the similitude of two builders our Lord warns his followers that to have heard his words will have been useless unless they put them into practice. Observe that although the word "hear in these verses cannot indicate that full "hearing" which it sometimes connotes (Matthew 10:14), yet it seems to mean more than merely listening, and to imply both a grasp of what is intended by the statements made and at least some acquiescence in their truth (Acts 2:22; Revelation 1:3; John 5:24). According to the above explanation, it will be seen that in the imagery the rock represents practice; the sand, mere sentiment. There is thus a partial correspondence with the works insisted on by St. James in contrast to a bare orthodox faith (James 2:24). Assent is insufficient; there must be action. Not uncommonly, indeed, the rock is considered to refer to the Lord himself, and the sand to human effort. Cf. Ford: "The parallel passage (Luke 6:48), where the words, 'cometh unto Me,' are inserted, indicates clearly the foundation of faith, the receiving the Lord Jesus as our Prophet, Priest, and King, which is the only basis on which good works can be built" (cf. even Allord). This, however, is hardly exegesis, but application, for the "coming to Christ" is in Luke only introductory to the hearing and doing, and is altogether omitted here. Although the statement is true in itself, it is only so far proper to this passage in that, apart from practice, there is (ver. 23) no heart-union with Christ. Verse 24. - Therefore whosoever hoareth; Revised Version, every one therefore which heareth (πᾶς οϋν ὅστις , Matthew 10:32). The relative used lays stress on the quality implied in the verb: every one who is of the kind that hears (contrast ver. 26). These sayings (Revised Version, words) of mine, and doeth them. Not the individual utterances (ῤήματα, John 6:63), nor the substance of my message considered as a whole (λόγον, Matthew 13:[19] 20), but the substance of its parts, the various truths that I announce (λόγους). I will liken him; Revised Version, shall be likened, with the manuscripts. Not shall, in fact, be made like, ch. 6:8 (Weiss), but shall be likened in figure and parable. Unto a wise man. Prudent, sensible (φρόνιμος). Which built his house upon a rock; Revised Version, the rock. Which in not a few cases may be found at no great distance from the surface. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,.... The comparison in this, and the following verses, is the concluding part of our Lord's discourses upon the mount, which are meant by these sayings, or doctrines, he here speaks of; and as he had in some foregoing verses chiefly respect to preachers, so here, to hearers, his disciples and followers in general. The subject of this comparison, in Luke 6:47 is, "whosoever cometh unto me"; as all that are given to Christ by the Father will do, sooner or later: such whom he encourages to come to him, are they that labour and are heavy laden; and they that come aright, come as poor perishing sinners; they believe in him, give up themselves to him, to be saved by him with an everlasting salvation; all which is owing to efficacious grace. These hear his sayings, as doctrines, not merely externally, but internally, having ears to hear given unto them, so as to understand them, love them, believe them, feel the power, taste the sweetness, and have a delightful relish of them; and such an one hears them,

and doth them: he is not only an hearer, but a doer of the word of the Gospel; the doctrines of it he receives in the love of them, and exercises faith on them; upon Christ, his grace and righteousness held forth in them, which is the great work and business of a Christian, he is to do, and does do in this life: the ordinances of it he cheerfully obeys; and all the duties of religion he performs from love to Christ, without any view to obtain eternal life hereby, which he only expects from Christ, as his sayings and doctrines direct him. The comparison follows,

I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. Luke says, "he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation a rock". Every believer is a builder; the house he builds, is his own soul, and the salvation of it; in order to which he digs deep, till he comes to a rock, to a good foundation; he searches diligently into the Scriptures of truth; he constantly attends the ministry of the word; he inquires of Gospel preachers, and other saints, the way of salvation; which having found, he lays the whole stress of his salvation on the rock of ages, which rock is Christ: he makes him the foundation of all his hopes of eternal life and happiness; which is the foundation God has laid in Zion; and which has been laid ministerially by the prophets of the Old, and the apostles of the New Testament; and by believers themselves, when they build their faith and hope upon it. This foundation, the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, is as a rock, firm and strong, will bear the whole weight that is laid upon it; it is sure and certain, it will never give way; it is immoveable and everlasting; the house built upon it stands safe and sure. 24. Therefore—to bring this discourse to a close.

whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them—see Jas 1:22, which seems a plain allusion to these words; also Lu 11:28; Ro 2:13; 1Jo 3:7.

I will liken him unto a wise man—a shrewd, prudent, provident man.

which built his house upon a rock—the rock of true discipleship, or genuine subjection to Christ.7:21-29 Christ here shows that it will not be enough to own him for our Master, only in word and tongue. It is necessary to our happiness that we believe in Christ, that we repent of sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another. This is his will, even our sanctification. Let us take heed of resting in outward privileges and doings, lest we deceive ourselves, and perish eternally, as multitudes do, with a lie in our right hand. Let every one that names the name of Christ, depart from all sin. There are others, whose religion rests in bare hearing, and it goes no further; their heads are filled with empty notions. These two sorts of hearers are represented as two builders. This parable teaches us to hear and do the sayings of the Lord Jesus: some may seem hard to flesh and blood, but they must be done. Christ is laid for a foundation, and every thing besides Christ is sand. Some build their hopes upon worldly prosperity; others upon an outward profession of religion. Upon these they venture; but they are all sand, too weak to bear such a fabric as our hopes of heaven. There is a storm coming that will try every man's work. When God takes away the soul, where is the hope of the hypocrite? The house fell in the storm, when the builder had most need of it, and expected it would be a shelter to him. It fell when it was too late to build another. May the Lord make us wise builders for eternity. Then nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ Jesus. The multitudes were astonished at the wisdom and power of Christ's doctrine. And this sermon, ever so often read over, is always new. Every word proves its Author to be Divine. Let us be more and more decided and earnest, making some one or other of these blessednesses and Christian graces the main subject of our thoughts, even for weeks together. Let us not rest in general and confused desires after them, whereby we grasp at all, but catch nothing.
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