Pseudepigrapha

4 Ezra 7:5

2 Esdras

1 And it came to pass when I had finished speaking these words, the angel who had been sent to me on the former nights was sent to me, 2 and he said to me, “Rise, Ezra, and listen to the words that I have come to speak to you.” 3 I said, “Speak, my lord.” And he said to me, “There is a sea set in a wide expanse so that it is broad and vast, 4 but it has an entrance set in a narrow place, so that it is like a river. 5 If anyone, then, wishes to reach the sea, to look at it or to rule over it, how can he come to the broad part unless he passes through the narrow part? 6 “Another example: There is a city built and set on a plain, and it is full of all good things; 7 but the entrance to it is narrow and set in a precipitous place, so that there is fire on the right hand and deep water on the left; 8 and there is only one path lying between them, that is, between the fire and the water, so that only one man can walk upon that path. 9 If now that city is given to a man for an inheritance, how will the heir receive his inheritance unless he passes through the narrow [place]?” 10 I said, “He cannot, lord.” And he said to me, “So also is Israel’s portion. 11 For I made the world for their sake, and when Adam transgressed my statutes, what had been made was judged. 12 And so the entrances of this world were made narrow and sorrowful and toilsome; they are few and evil, full of dangers and involved in great hardships. 13 But the entrances of that coming world are broad and safe and yield the fruit of immortality. 14 Therefore unless the living pass through the difficult and bad experiences, they can never receive those things that have been reserved for them.

Date: 70-100 C.E.
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates
New Testament

Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter through the narrow gate because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it! 15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.

Date: 70-90 C.E.
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates