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  • Writer's pictureMavrik ben Zevulun

To judge or not to judge?! What does the Word say?!

This is a post I wrote last July 2018 but thought I would repost here today!

Textus Receptus Greek:

Joh 7:24  μη κρινετε κατ οψιν αλλα την δικαιαν κρισιν


KJV version:

Joh 7:24  Judge not according to the appearance, but judge

righteous judgment. 

Literal translation from the Greek:

John 7:24 Do not damn according to appearance but distinguish

equally and justly.


Textus Receptus Greek:

Luk 6:37  μη κρινετε και ου μη κριθητε μη καταδικαζετε και

ου μη καταδικασθητε απολυετε και απολυθησεσθε 

KJV version:

Luk 6:37  Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not,

and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be


Literal translation of the Greek:

Luke 6:37 Do not damn and you will not be damned, do not

condemn and you will not be condemned, pardon(acquit, set

free, dismiss) and you will be pardoned(acquitted, set free,



You hear many people these days using the excuse for their

sinful ways by saying, "do not judge so you won't be judged"! Yes

and so it is recorded in all the wrong translations of the Greek! I

would rather stick to the Truth however as Yeshua is the Truth

and He is the Word of God and that is why I know they are

wrong translations! Not only is it not what the literal Greek says

(although they have twisted the meaning over the centuries so

that now even the modern Greek records the wrong translation)

the Greek words are composed from the roots of several words

and is in this way the easiest to find its original meaning. Here is

such an example, καταδικάζω is made up of the words κατα

which means as, according to and δίκη which means right, just

and when you combine the two you come out with the word

according to what is right and just the English word for that

would be to condemn = according to justice being served.

However the word κρίνω is not such a word, it has but one real

meaning and it has been long since lost in translation to the

point even modern Greeks do not know the original meaning of

the word as is the case with many ancient Greek & Hebrew

words from the Bible. κρίνω means properly to distinguish,

decide, separate, put asunder, pick out, select, choose, approve,

esteem, prefer.

In the old meaning of judge that may have been right but the

connotation of the word judge is today seen as condemn which

is blatantly wrong! To judge is to guage something, test it, try it,

to see if it is fit for the purpose at hand! Condemning is to deem

it unfit forever, failed forever, no good!

Yeshua wants us all to start with judging ourselves (Mat 7:3 

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye,

but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?7:4  Or

how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out

of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?7:5  Thou

hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then

shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's


Most people will accept verse 3 but when it comes down to it

they will NOT accept verses 4 and 5 repeatedly referring people

to verse 3 to have an excuse to not be judged! As a true

follower of Yeshua if you cannot be corrected in your walk with

Him you will have NO part in Him! (2Ti 3:16  All scripture is

given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for

reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: )

Anyone who cannot accept this cannot be a follower of Yeshua!

(Pro 15:10  Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the

way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.)

How do you think God will purify you and make you white if

you will not accept His Way just because a brother or a sister

brings you His Word of correction? Maybe He can still reach

you by His Word? With God all things are possible! It does limit

your position with Him though and you will also most likely not

fit in with those who are this close to Yeshua that they can

accept this with ease!

Don't misunderstand me! You had better be 100% right if you

bring any kind of correction or reproof, it MUST be Biblical

and I will always insist on people doing this to me as well! Don't

come to me with your opinions as they will NOT interest me

even one iota! Only God's Word is Truth and is therefore the

ONLY source of Truth I will accept for reproof and correction!

Yes we are to regard prophecies(extra biblical) and the like but

we cannot accept these as Truth as we only have God's Word

for that! Even the most righteous person in the world is less

holy than the least in Heaven and because they are sinners just

like us cannot be trusted for Truth! God's Word makes this very

clear! (Jer 17:5  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that

trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart

departeth from the LORD. Rom 3:4  God forbid: yea, let God

be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest

be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou

art judged. )

This is then also the reason why no one who follows Yeshua

should ever trust any man or woman to teach God's Word to

you! The most we can do is guide you to the source of Truth! I

can talk until I'm blue in the face but I cannot teach you Truth!

Truth is revealed, by the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit and

no one else! (excuse the KJV: John 16:13  Howbeit when He,

the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for

He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear,

that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. )The

Greek obviously says something different so I will translate this

correctly as well, (John 16:13 But when He the Spirit of Truth

comes, He will teach you the whole Truth, not as from Himself

but He will speak what He hears and will declare to you what is

to come.) Notice the again subtle difference in the KJV version!

There it tells you all truth as if there is more than one kind! And

it tells you that He will guide you when in actual fact it is only

He who should be our teacher and no one else, definitely not

mankind who as Jeremiah 17:5 and Romans 3:4 clearly teaches

us! (1John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of

Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you:

but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is

truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide

in Him. )

So wherever you will find people arguing with you about where

it says in the Bible about teachers replace that word with guides

as we cannot be taught truth by man, man is a liar and cannot

be trusted to teach truth! As "teachers" we are only to guide to

the source of the Truth which is the Word of God as taught by

the Holy Spirit!

Yeah I can see the age old arguments arising in people's minds,

but the Bible teaches we have gifts of teaching etc! Once again

let me refer you to the above scripture verses and remind you

God does not contradict His own Word! If something does not

sound right to you look it up in the original languages and ask

the Holy Spirit to teach you the Truth and only then will you

truly understand it! Just so you are aware of the gifts of the

Spirit that last one I mentioned was a trick that plays in many

minds! Teaching is NOT one of the gifts of the Spirit! These

are, (1Co 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same

Spirit. 12:5  And there are differences of administrations, but

the same Lord. 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but

it is the same God which worketh all in all. 12:7  But the

manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit

withal. 12:8  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of

wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same

Spirit; 12:9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the

gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 12:10  To another the

working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning

of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the

interpretation of tongues: 12:11  But all these worketh that one

and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he

will. )

The above indicated mistake is often made because of this

verse, (1Ti 3:2  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband

of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to

hospitality, apt to teach; ) Apt to teach in the Greek teach being

διδακτικον which means to instruct which is once again a way

of guiding into something and not teaching! I can lead you to

water but I cannot turn you into a fish! Only God can do that! :)

What I am really saying by that is that I cannot teach you to

swim, I can show you where to swim but in reality I cannot

teach you, you can copy me and make all the right moves for

you to see but you have to learn yourself in the end and only

God can give you the ability. All we can do is to guide people,

cause them to learn what they need to but to teach, to instill

knowledge is something only God can do for us. Truth is

knowledge of Yeshua as He is the Truth. You cannot know Him

by someone else telling you about Him, you must seek Him

yourself to know Him.

The concept appears to be alien to a lot of people as they are

used to religion not relationship! Talking to God via a priest will

get you nothing just as being taught by man brings you nothing

but their version of what they believe to be the truth! People

teach opinions, only God can place Truth inside you, Yeshua is

the Truth and the Way and the Life!

As a conclusion to this digression from the subject at hand

judge eachother as Yeshua would judge you! First be 100%

correct in the information you bring, in other words it MUST

be biblically correct 100% and not even a whisper of own

opinion! I welcome correction and reproof but I will always tell

you that it must be from the ONLY source of Truth we have!

Yeshua is the Word and He is the Truth.

Also as an added bonus I will tell you right here and now I do

NOT want to ever hear the words "scriptures in context" as an

excuse to deny other parts of God's Word! The ENTIRE

WORD of GOD is context!! There are many false doctrines out

there doing the rounds using that very excuse for much of their

false doctrines! I am with God on this, I will spit you out too!

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