Judge not Lest ye be Judged

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In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

This Scripture gets thrown around a lot, and as do many Scriptures it is taken out of context and used by people to justify their own ends. Despite how it appears, if one stops reading after the first verse, one can see this passage in Matthew is not forbidding judgment but hypocrisy.

A text without a context is a pretext, and by observation I think it usually serves pretence. People using this statement should be watched carefully.

Jesus actually follows up his warning against judgment with an explanation — we will all be judged by the same measure that we use. If we cannot hold to the standard we use, we have no business applying that standard to others.  He does not say that no one should ever judge anyone else, a popular option in today’s culture, which emphasizes “tolerance” as one of the highest virtues.

The way I tend to look at it is, I judge people on their habitual actions and treat them accordingly. That is explained in Rules of Engagement.

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