Matthew 7:2

ESV For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
NIV For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
NASB For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
CSB For you will be judged by the same standard with which you judge others, and you will be measured by the same measure you use.
NLT For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
KJV For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
NKJV For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

What does Matthew 7:2 mean?

Jesus has commanded His followers not to judge (Matthew 7:1), but this statement is not meant to be ripped out of context and misapplied. Here, Christ begins giving some of the context needed to interpret those words. Christians should not take God's place in declaring some people righteous and others unrighteous, when we look only using shallowness or ignorance. They must not be judgmental—implying something unfair or inappropriate—because God has not given them this authority. Those who pass judgment on others for differences of opinion, or doubtful matters, are attempting to take God's place of judgment over His people. Those attitudes motivate people to perform righteous acts in order to be approved by others instead of God.

Jesus now offers a solemn warning. Those who pronounce judgment on others as if they were God will be judged with exactly the same force and to the same degree. Some commentators understand Jesus to be expressing a principle of human nature. Judgmental people always end up being judged by everyone else. Their attempt to hold everyone else to a higher standard provokes the people around them to measure every action they themselves take. Holding others to unreasonable standards leads to charges of hypocrisy. In that sense, this parallels the ideas of forgiveness and mercy (Matthew 6:14–15). Those who unfairly judge others lack understanding of their own limitations.

Other commentators understand Jesus to be warning about judgment from God, Himself: He will judge those who judge others. He will hold judgmental people accountable for attempting to take on His role. He will bring perfect justice by judging those who are wrongly critical with using the same exacting standards they attempted to afflict on others.
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