Judge not

One of the most misquoted and misapplied verses in the Bible is:

Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1

Those living in sin especially like to quote that verse. Does that verse really mean that we should never judge or are people taking it out of context? Let’s look at some other passages in Proverbs 21:

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3

Most people would say that they have sacrificed things in order to gain God’s favor. Proverbs 21:3 tells us that God finds justice and judgment more acceptable than sacrifice. Justice is when someone gets what he or she deserves. In order to determine what someone deserves, a judgment must be made.

The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment. Proverbs 21:7

Here, we see the wicked refuse to do judgment which leads to their destruction. Not judging brings about destruction.

It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. Proverbs 21:15

For those who have been justified – the just, judgment brings joy.

So, should we or shouldn’t we be judging? Those who say we should not judge are the ones who are in most need of judgment. When Jesus said to judge not, lest ye be judged, he is telling us that we should not hold people to a standard of how they should live if we are not living to that standard. We should be judging and determining what pleases and displeases God.

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One Response to “Judge not”

  1. I feel compelled to balance this idea.:

    James 2:12-13
    Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

    James 4:11-12
    Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

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