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Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

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Matthew 7:19 Translation & Meaning

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Every πᾶν All, any, every, the whole Every
tree δένδρον A tree tree
that bringeth forth ποιοῦν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) bringeth forth
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
good καλὸν Properly, beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), i.e., valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic) good
fruit καρπὸν Fruit (as plucked), literally or figuratively fruit
is hewn down, ἐκκόπτεται To exscind; figuratively, to frustrate hewn down
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
cast βάλλεται To throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense) cast
into εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases into
the fire. πῦρ "fire" (literally or figuratively, specially, lightning) fire

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  • 17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

  • 18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

  • 19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

  • 20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

  • 21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.


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