Matthew 7:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 7:25, NIV: The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Matthew 7:25, ESV: And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Matthew 7:25, KJV: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Matthew 7:25, NASB: And the rain fell and thefloods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

Matthew 7:25, NLT: Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock.

Matthew 7:25, CSB: The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn't collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.

What does Matthew 7:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Certain false teachers try to convince Christians that faith in Jesus always results in prosperity, ease, and freedom from disease or harm. This is not only false, it's a blatant lie. Jesus Himself warned His followers of exactly the opposite: that the path to life was a difficult one entered through a narrow gate (Matthew 7:14; John 6:33). Now He describes difficulty facing every human life, using the picture of a great storm. The rain will fall. The floods will rise. The wind will strike.

Christ does not promise that there will be no storms. What He does promise is that those who trust in Him will survive that storm. He is using the word picture of building a house. This "house" is a person's spiritual strength, their beliefs, and the life they construct as a result. Those who live by His teaching will be like a man who has built a house on a foundation of rock. The rain fell, the floods came, the wind beat on the house. The house stood through it all because the foundation was sound.

The same storm will come against those who do not trust in Christ and follow His teaching. The following verses show the result for their "houses."