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Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
Acts 17:10-11

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Rumination #44: Why is the most memorable Bible quote, "Judge not, lest you be judged..." - and one of the least memorable, "Appoint judges..."?

Of course it is obvious: people do not want to be held to a standard - even if it is HaShem's standard. The dichotomy illustrates what is wrong with most people's Bible knowledge. Scripture has no authority out of context. A second axiom complements that statement: Man does not determine the context, Scripture does. We often use verses to make a point, or to provide some proof to a statement. In reality, without the context of the passage, no quote has authority. It is the duty of the hearer as well as the one quoting to examine the context of any biblical quote.

So what is the context of "Judge not, lest you be judged"? The quote is found in Matthew 7:1 and Luke 6:37. Both passages go on to use the metaphor of something stuck in the eye to explain Yeshua's otherwise shocking statement that we should not judge.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Matthew 7:3-5

As you may well know, this whole passage is about hypocrisy, not judging. Of course, we are not only to judge, we are to appoint judges as well. Even as individuals we should appoint "judges" over our lives - "judges" that examine our every thought, word, and deed against the Judge of judges' judgments.

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.
2Corinthians 13:5a (now go look up the context...)




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