Matthew 7:7
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New International Version
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

New Living Translation
"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

English Standard Version
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

New American Standard Bible
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

King James Bible
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

International Standard Version
"Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you.

NET Bible
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;

King James 2000 Bible
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

American King James Version
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you:

American Standard Version
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.

Darby Bible Translation
Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you.

English Revised Version
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Webster's Bible Translation
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to you:

Weymouth New Testament
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

World English Bible
"Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:7-11 Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need. Pray; pray often; make a business of prayer, and be serious and earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms. Ask, as a traveller asks the way. Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost; or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls. Knock, as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. Sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer we knock. Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? This is made to apply to all that pray aright; every one that asketh receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, all are alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith. It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask. Parents are often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 7-11. - Ask, and it shall be given you, etc. Parallel passage: Luke 11:9-13. Nearly verbally identical, but in the son's request, reads "egg" and "scorpion" for "bread" and "stone," and reverses the order of the sentences. In Luke the verses are closely connected ("and I say unto you") with the parable of the friend at midnight, which itself immediately follows the Lord's Prayer. It seems probable that, as with the Lord's Prayer (ch. 6:9-13, note), so with these verses, the original position is given in Luke; yet, as also with the Lord's Prayer, Matthew's form of the individual clauses may be the more original (cf. ver. 11, note). With the general promise contained in these verses, cf. Mark 11:24. The connexion with the preceding verse is probably not

(1) pray for others who have no apparent capacity for receiving the truths of the gospel (Weiss); nor

(2) in answer to the question suggested by ver. 6, if this be the measure of the Divine dealings, what bounties can sinners expect at God's hands? Let them, nevertheless, ask of God, and it shall be given them (cf. Alford); but

(3) in close connexion with the whole subject from vers. 1-6, you feel conscious of want of wisdom for the true and loving judgment of others without censoriousness - ask for this special grace. With this connexion ver. 12 follows on naturally; i.e. the key to the right treatment of others may be found in one's own feelings and wishes; from the perception of what we desire to receive from others we may learn what others ought to receive from us. Verse 7. - Ask... seek... knock. Gradation in urgency. Further, the three clauses think of the Giver, the sphere in which the gift lies, the obstacles in the way of obtaining it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ask and it shall be given you,.... This is to be understood of asking of God in prayer, for such things as are wanting; whether of a temporal nature, as food and raiment, which Christ, in the former chapter, had warned against an immoderate and anxious concern for; or of a spiritual nature, as grace, and wisdom to behave in a proper manner, both towards God and men: and such, who ask according to the will of God, in the name of Christ, and under the direction, guidance, and influence of the Spirit, who ask in faith and fear, and with submission to the divine will, shall have what they ask for; not as what they deserve, but as a free gift.

Seek, and ye shall find. This is still meant of prayer, and of seeking God, his face and favour: which such shall find, who seek in a right way, by Christ, and with their whole hearts, diligently:

knock and it shall be opened unto you as beggars do, who use much importunity for relief and assistance. So men should stand and knock at the door of mercy, which will not always be shut against them. Faith in prayer is a key that opens this door, when a poor soul finds grace and mercy to help it in time of need. Our Lord's design is to express the nature, fervour, and constancy of prayer, and to encourage to it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you—Though there seems evidently a climax here, expressive of more and more importunity, yet each of these terms used presents what we desire of God in a different light. We ask for what we wish; we seek for what we miss; we knock for that from which we feel ourselves shut out. Answering to this threefold representation is the triple assurance of success to our believing efforts. "But ah!" might some humble disciple say, "I cannot persuade myself that I have any interest with God." To meet this, our Lord repeats the triple assurance He had just given, but in such a form as to silence every such complaint.

Matthew 7:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ask, Seek, Knock
7"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Isaiah 30:19
People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 18:19
"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 21:22
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Mark 11:24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Luke 11:9
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

John 14:13
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 15:7
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:16
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

John 16:23
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

1 John 3:22
and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Treasury of Scripture

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you:

and it.

Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God …

Psalm 10:17 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 86:5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy …

Psalm 145:18,19 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, …

Luke 11:9,10,13 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall …

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and …

John 14:13,14 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father …

John 15:7,16 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what …

John 16:23,24 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to …

James 1:5,6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise …

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

1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

seek.

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after …

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, …

Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

Psalm 70:4 Let all those that seek you rejoice and be glad in you: and let such …

Psalm 105:3,4 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD…

Psalm 119:12 Blessed are you, O LORD: teach me your statutes.

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Songs 3:2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the …

Amos 5:4 For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you shall live:

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Romans 3:11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes …

knock.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

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