New International Version
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
King James Bible
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Darby Bible Translation
For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.
World English Bible
How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.
Young's Literal Translation
how strait is the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Because strait is the gate - Instead of οτι because, I should prefer τι how, which reading is supported by a great majority of the best MSS., versions, and fathers. How strait is that gate! This mode of expression more forcibly points out the difficulty of the way to the kingdom. How strange is it that men should be unwilling to give up their worldly interests to secure their everlasting salvation! And yet no interest need be abandoned, but that which is produced by injustice and unkindness. Reason, as well as God, says, such people should be excluded from a place of blessedness. He who shows no mercy (and much more he who shows no justice) shall have judgment without mercy. James 2:13.
Few there be that find it - The strait gate, στενη πυλη, signifies literally what we call a wicket, i.e. a little door in a large gate. Gate, among the Jews, signifies, metaphorically, the entrance, introduction, or means of acquiring any thing. So they talk of the gate of repentance, the gate of prayers, and the gate of tears. When God, say they, shut the gate of paradise against Adam, He opened to him the gate of repentance. The way to the kingdom of God is made sufficiently manifest - the completest assistance is promised in the way, and the greatest encouragement to persevere to the end is held out in the everlasting Gospel. But men are so wedded to their own passions, and so determined to follow the imaginations of their own hearts, that still it may be said: There are few who find the way to heaven; fewer yet who abide any time in it; fewer still who walk in it; and fewest of all who persevere unto the end. Nothing renders this way either narrow or difficult to any person, but sin. Let all the world leave their sins, and all the world may walk abreast in this good way.
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LibraryNovember 22. "Cast the Beam Out of Thine Own Eye" (Matt. vii. 5).
"Cast the beam out of thine own eye" (Matt. vii. 5). Greater than the fault you condemn and criticise is the sin of criticism and condemnation. There is no place we need such grace as in dealing with an erring one. A lady once called on us on her way to give an erring sister a piece of her mind. We advised her to wait until she could love her a little more. Only He who loved sinners well enough to die for them can deal with the erring. We never see all the heart. He does, and He can convict without …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
The Two Paths
The Mote and the Beam
Doctrine of Non-Resistance to Evil by Force must Inevitably be Accepted by Men of the Present Day.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
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