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Many Christians have latched onto this verse as encouragement that as they face trials in their lives they need only to wait in their current situation and the LORD will deliver them. Further he was facing potential execution, and was mentally preparing himself for the not too distant reality that He would be leaving this world.

Oddly enough, other Bible translations like the New King James and the ESV translate the verse as “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace,” and, “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent,” respectively. Paul is not saying here that through the strengthening of Jesus Christ we can overcome all obstacles or succeed in all things.

5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

We see now that Matthew 7:1 is not a warning against the judging of any action or behavior.

Clearly here, Christ says we are to judge righteously, recognize and discern good from evil by peoples’ actions, and rebuke our brothers and sisters when they sin.

Often misstated as “Judge not.” or “Jesus said don’t judge.” The most humorous aspect of the misuse of this verse is that it invariable occurs in such a way that the person misusing the verse, in referencing it, actually declares a judgment on the person they feel is being judgmental. Additionally, If you’re perceptive enough you will notice as well that Jesus Himself is passing judgment here on those who improperly judge.

Clearly this interpretation of this verse doesn’t make sense.

Basically, Moses was not telling the paranoid Israelites to stand firm, he was telling them to remain calm. When we read verses 14 and 15 together it becomes far more clear that what we are being told here is that our reaction to mounting trials should be two fold. The preceding verse, Phillipians provides proper context to verse 13.

This all becomes further troubling when you read the next verse (which is never included on the Christian merchandise). In Moses tells the Israelites they need only be still, and in the LORD says to Moses, “move on.” And people have gone and quoted what Moses said here. First, we are to remain calm and remain steadfast in our hearts. Phillipians -13 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. Matthew 7:1 The mother of all Biblical misrepresentations.

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