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

New Living Translation
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

English Standard Version
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

New American Standard Bible
"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

King James Bible
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

International Standard Version
Because everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the door opened.

NET Bible
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it is opened.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for every one that asks receives, and he that seeks finds, and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

King James 2000 Bible
For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

American King James Version
For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

American Standard Version
for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

Darby Bible Translation
For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

English Revised Version
for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Webster's Bible Translation
For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, the door shall be opened.

Weymouth New Testament
For it is always he who asks that receives, he who seeks that finds, and he who knocks that has the door opened to him.

World English Bible
For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

Young's Literal Translation
for every one who is asking doth receive, and he who is seeking doth find, and to him who is knocking it shall be opened.
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

Verse 8. - For every one that asketh receiveth. Every one that asketh of God receiveth, for he is not the censorious Judge that you are inclined to be in your dealings with others. Therefore ask expectantly. He "giveth to all liberally, and upbraideth not" (James 1:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For everyone that asketh receiveth,.... For God is no respecter of persons; whoever makes application, be he a Jew, or a Gentile, rich or poor, bond or free, a man of great gifts, or mean parts, provided he asks aright, from right principles, and with right views, shall not lose his labour; but shall receive all such good things at the hand of God, as are suitable and convenient for him.

And he that seeketh findeth; he that seeks for God in Christ, the grace and mercy of God, the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; that seeks after the true riches, both of grace and glory, shall be sure to find them; see Proverbs 21:21.

And to him that knocketh it shall be opened: that is, to him that is constant at the throne of grace, who continues knocking at the door of mercy, and will have no denial, it shall be opened to him; and he shall have entrance into the holiest of all by the blood of Jesus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened—Of course, it is presumed that he asks aright—that is, in faith—and with an honest purpose to make use of what he receives. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering (undecided whether to be altogether on the Lord's side). For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord" (Jas 1:5-7). Hence, "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts" (Jas 4:3).

Matthew 7:8 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. 9"Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?…
Cross References
Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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

Matthew 7:9
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

Luke 11:10
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
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