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.
'See! Today I set before you a blessing and a curse!' Why is this mentioned? Because it is stated elsewhere: 'Life and Death have I set before you, a blessing and a curse.' What if Israel should say: Since the All-Present has set before us two paths - the path of Life and the path of Death - let us take whichever we choose! The Torah states: 'Therefore, choose Life!' An analogy: A certain fellow lived at a crossroad, and before him were two paths. One began smoothly, but ended in a thicket, and the other began in a thicket, but ended smoothly. So he would advise the travelers, saying: Do you see this path that begins smoothly? After only two or three steps on smooth ground, it ends in a thicket! Do you see this other path that begins in a thicket? After only two or three steps in a thicket, it ends on smooth ground!