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John 7:24

ESV Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."
NIV Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly."
NASB Do not judge by the outward appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.'
CSB Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment."
NLT Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.'
KJV Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
NKJV Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

What does John 7:24 mean?

"Judge not" is one of the most over-used clichés in discussions of Christianity (Matthew 7:1). Unfortunately, it's almost always stated out of context. This gives the impression that Jesus simply said, "Do not judge." In fact, Jesus often made a point of telling others that they should judge, but only "with right judgment," as stated here (Deuteronomy 1:16; Matthew 7:2–12). Jesus' frequent teaching was that we should not be superficial in our assessment of other people. However, it is crucial that we separate what is good from what is evil (Ephesians 5:8–16).

This statement follows a direct challenge to the spiritual authority of Jerusalem's religious leaders. Despite having no formal education, Jesus is confounding his critics. He has accused them of hard-headedness (John 5:39–40), disobedience (John 7:17), and even attempted violence (John 7:19). As a result, as seen in the next few verses, the people of Jerusalem will begin to wonder: is Jesus being allowed to preach because the authorities are powerless, or because they have come to believe Him (John 7:25–26)? That crisis of confidence will spur the Jewish leaders towards drastic measures to silence Christ.<
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