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

New Living Translation
When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash."

English Standard Version
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Berean Study Bible
The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell--and great was its collapse!"

Berean Literal Bible
And the rain came down, and the torrents came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell--and great was its collapse!"

New American Standard Bible
"The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-- and great was its fall."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!"

International Standard Version
The rain fell, the floods came, the winds blew and battered that house, and it collapsed—and its collapse was total."

NET Bible
The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!"

New Heart English Bible
And the rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the rain descended and the floods came, and the wind blew, and they rushed against that house, and it fell, and its fall was great.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rain poured, and floods came. Winds blew and struck that house. It collapsed, and the result was a total disaster."

New American Standard 1977
“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

American Standard Version
and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
and the rain came down, and the streams came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and its fall was great.

English Revised Version
and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
The heavy rain descends, the swollen torrents come, and the winds blow and burst upon the house, and it falls; and disastrous is the fall."

World English Bible
The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."

Young's Literal Translation
and the rain did descend, and the streams came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and its fall was great.'
Study Bible
The House on the Rock
26But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell — and great was its collapse!” 28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching,…
Cross References
Job 22:16
Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?

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 7:28
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching,
Treasury of Scripture

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

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1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare …

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And the rain descended, and the floods came,.... Such builders, and such a building, cannot stand against the violent rain of Satan's temptations, the floods of the world's persecutions, the stream and rapid torrent of their own heart's lusts, nor the blowing winds of heresy and false doctrine, and much less the storms of divine wrath and vengeance. They are in a most dangerous condition; they cannot support themselves; they must fall, and great will be their fall; their destruction is inevitable, their ruin is irrecoverable. The Jews make use of some similes, which are pretty much like these of Christ's.

"R. Eliezer ben Azariah used to say (z), he whose wisdom is greater than his works, to what is he like? to a tree, whose branches are many, and its roots few, "and the wind comes", and roots it up, and overturns it; as it is said, Jeremiah 17:6 but he whose works are greater than his wisdom, to what is he like? to a tree, whose branches are few, and its roots many, "against which, if all the winds in the world were to come and blow", they could not move it out of its place: as it is said, Jeremiah 17:8.''

Again (a),

"Elisha ben Abuijah used to say, a man who hath good works, and learns the law much, to what is he like? to a man that "builds with stones below", and afterwards with bricks; and though , "many waters come", and stand at their side, they cannot remove them out of their place; but a man who hath no good works, and learns the law, to what is he like? to a man that "builds with bricks first", and afterwards with stones; and though few waters come, they immediately overturn them.''

The same used to say,

"a man who hath good works, and learns the law much, to what is he like? to mortar spread upon bricks; and though , "the rains descend upon it", they cannot remove it out of its place: a man that hath no good works, and learns the law much, to what is he like? to mortar thrown upon bricks; and though but a small rain descends upon it, it is immediately dissolved, and "falls".''

(z) Pirke Abot, c. 3. sect. 17. & Abot R. Nathan, c. 22. fol. 6. 1, 2.((a) Abot R. Nathan, c. 24. fol. 6. 2.27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house—struck against that house;

and it fell: and great was the fall of it—terrible the ruin! How lively must this imagery have been to an audience accustomed to the fierceness of an Eastern tempest, and the suddenness and completeness with which it sweeps everything unsteady before it!

Effect of the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 7:28, 29).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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