Matthew 7:2

New Testament

1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. 3 Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? 5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6 Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.

Mishnah Sotah 1:7


The mishna teaches lessons that can be derived from the actions and treatment of a sota. With the measure that a person measures, he is measured with it. For example, she, the sota, adorned herself to violate a transgression, the Omnipresent therefore decreed that she be rendered unattractive; she exposed herself for the purpose of violating a transgression, as she stood in places where she would be noticed by potential adulterers, so the Omnipresent therefore decreed that her body be exposed publicly; she began her transgression with her thigh and afterward with her stomach, therefore the thigh is smitten first and then the stomach, and the rest of all her body does not escape punishment.

 Notes and References

"... Matthew 7:1-5 focuses on judging as condemnation of another by one who has not judged him - or herself. Verse 1 tells what not to do: do not condemn (compare Matthew 12:41-42; 20:18; Romans 2:1, 3 for such a meaning of krinete). Verse 2 says what God will do: judge the condemner with the same judgment the condemner has exercised. This was a common Jewish sentiment. Compare Romans 2:1, 3 - 'in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself ...'; Mishnah Sotah 1:7 - 'With the measure with which a person measures, he will be measured (by God)' ..."

Talbert, Charles H. Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7 (pp. 132-133) University of South Carolina Press, 2004

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