Matthew 7:3
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English Standard Version
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

King James Bible
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

American Standard Version
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Any why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?

English Revised Version
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Webster's Bible Translation
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye?

Weymouth New Testament
And why do you look at the splinter in your brother's eye, and not notice the beam which is in your own eye?

Matthew 7:3 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

Beholdest (βλέπεις)

Staring at from without, as one who does not see clearly.

Considerest (κατανοεῖς)

A stronger word, apprehendest from within, what is already there.

Mote (κάρφος)

A.V. and Rev. The word mote, however, suggests dust; whereas the figure is that of a minute chip or splinter, of the same material with the beam. Wyc. renders festu, with the explanation, a little mote. In explaining the passage it is well to remember that the obstruction to sight is of the same material in both cases. The man with a great beam in his eye, who therefore can see nothing accurately, proposes to remove the little splinter from his brother's eye, a delicate operation, requiring clear sight. The figure of a splinter to represent something painful or annoying is a common oriental one. Tholuck ("Sermon on the Mount") quotes from the Arabic several passages in point, and one which is literally our Lord's saying: "How seest thou the splinter in thy brother's eye, and seest not the cross-beam in thine eye?"

Beam (δοκὸν)

A log, joist, rafter; indicating a great fault.

Matthew 7:3 Parallel Commentaries

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why.

Luke 6:41,42 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but perceive not the beam that is in your own eye...

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortionists, unjust, adulterers...

but.

2 Samuel 12:5,6 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD lives...

2 Chronicles 28:9,10 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said to them...

Psalm 50:16-21 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth...

John 8:7-9 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you...

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness...

Cross References
Matthew 7:4
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?

Matthew 7:5
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Luke 6:41
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Luke 6:42
How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

Romans 2:1
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

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