Matthew 7:5

New Testament

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. 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.

Bava Metzia 107b

Babylonian Talmud

The Gemara relates another incident: Rabba bar Rav Huna had a certain forest on the bank of a river. They said to him: Let the Master cut down the trees on the riverbank in accordance with the above statement. Rabba bar Rav Huna said to them: Let those above and below me along the river cut down their trees first, and then I will cut down my trees. I will achieve nothing by cutting down my trees on my own. The Gemara asks: How can he do so, i.e., wait for others to act? But isn’t it written: “Gather yourselves together, and gather [hitkosheshu vakoshu]” (Zephaniah 2:1), and Reish Lakish says concerning this: Adorn [keshot] yourself and afterward adorn others. Therefore, one must first perform the required action himself before offering advice to others.

 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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