Matthew 7:26
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New International Version
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

New Living Translation
But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.

English Standard Version
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

New American Standard Bible
"Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

King James Bible
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn't act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

International Standard Version
"Everyone who keeps on hearing these messages of mine and never puts them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

NET Bible
Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And everyone who hears these my words, but does not practice them, will be likened to the foolish man who built his house on sand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Everyone who hears what I say but doesn't obey it will be like a foolish person who built a house on sand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And every one that hears these words of mine and does not do them shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand;

King James 2000 Bible
And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:

American King James Version
And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house on the sand:

American Standard Version
And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand,

Darby Bible Translation
And every one who hears these my words and does not do them, he shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand;

English Revised Version
And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Webster's Bible Translation
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:

Weymouth New Testament
And every one who hears these my teachings and does not act upon them will be found to resemble a fool who builds his house upon sand.

World English Bible
Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn't do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.

Young's Literal Translation
'And every one who is hearing of me these words, and is not doing them, shall be likened to a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 26, 27. - And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell; and great was the fall of it. In the Plain of Sharon the clay seems to have been so interior that not only were the jars made of it often worthless, but the bricks could offer so little resistance to the weather that the houses were hardly safe. Hence a special prayer was offered by the high priest on the Day of Atonement that the Lord would grant that their houses might not become their tombs (Talm. Jeremiah, 'Yoma,' 5:2 [Schwab, p. 218]; cf. Neubauer, 'Geograph.,' p. 48). In the parable, however, it is not the structure, but the foundation, that is wrong. The sand may refer, as Stanley suggests ('Sinai and Palestine,' ch. 13. p. 430), to one locality, in which case it is probably "the long sandy strip of land which bounds the eastern plain of Acre, and through which the Kishon flows into the sea;" or, as would seem more probable, to the sand which would naturally be found on the edges of such a torrent as is here described. Beat upon; smote upon (Revised Version). In ver. 25 the thought is more of the swoop of the tempest (προσέπεσαν); here, of its impact on the house (προσέκοψαν). It is possible that there is here less indication of force necessary for the destruction. "It needed only the first blow, and the house fell" (Weiss, 'Matthaus-ev.'). And great was the fall of it. Our Lord's solemn verdict of the utter ruin awaiting him who does not put his assent into action. The clause conveys an impression even stronger than ver. 23. There the positive worker of lawlessness is banished from Christ's presence; here, on the mere non-worker of Divine messages received is pronounced ruin and (for such, at least, seems suggested) that irremediable.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine,.... Who only externally hears them, but has no understanding of them; do not believe them, nor like and approve of them, but hates and despises them; or if not, depends upon his external hearing of them, and contents himself with a speculative knowledge, without the practice of them,

and doth them not; does not yield the obedience of faith to the doctrines of the Gospel, nor submits to the ordinances of it, but neglects them, and all other duties of religion: or if he does obey, it is only outwardly, not from the heart; nor from a principle of love; nor in faith; nor in the name and strength of Christ; nor for the glory of God, but in order to obtain life for himself: such

shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand; or, as Luke has it, "without a foundation upon the earth"; upon the surface of the earth, without digging into it for a foundation: and such may be said to build

without a foundation, who pretend to make their peace with God by their own works; who hope for pardon on the foot of the mercy of God, and their own repentance; seek for justification by their own, and not the righteousness of Christ; look for acceptance with God, for the sake of their own worthiness; and who expect salvation in any other way than by Christ: as in each of these articles, they leave out Christ, they may be said to build without a foundation indeed, and to build "upon" the surface of "the earth"; as they do, who build their hope of salvation upon anything that is merely external; as, their riches and grandeur, their wisdom and learning, their natural descent, and religious education, their civility, courteousness, and what is called good nature, their liberality and alms deeds, their morality, common justice and honesty, their legal righteousness, whether moral or ritual, and a round of religious duties; and such may be said to "build upon the sand", on that which will bear no weight, but gives way, and sinks. The salvation of the soul is a weighty thing; and that which is like sand, as is everything of a man's own, can never support it: God has therefore laid the salvation of his people on his own Son; and he must be a "foolish man" that builds on anything short of him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine—in the attitude of discipleship.

and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand—denoting a loose foundation—that of an empty profession and mere external services.

Matthew 7:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
The House on the Rock
25"And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26"Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27"The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-- and great was its fall."
Cross References
Job 22:16
They were carried off before their time, their foundations washed away by a flood.

Matthew 7:24
"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.

Matthew 7:25
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Matthew 7:27
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Treasury of Scripture

And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house on the sand:

doeth.

1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and …

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down …

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: see, they …

Luke 6:49 But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that without a foundation …

James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

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