A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

Matthew 12

33 "Either make the tree good and a its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 b "Brood 1 of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? c For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 "A good man out of the good treasure 2 of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 7:16 - 18
    You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
    Luke 6:43
    For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
    Luke 6:44
    For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
    John 15:4 - 7
    Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 3:7
    But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
    Matthew 23:33
    Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
    Luke 3:7
    Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
  3. Cross References
    1 Samuel 24:13
    As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Wickednes...
    Isaiah 32:6
    For the foolish person will speak foolishness, ...
    Matthew 15:18
    But those things which proceed out of the mouth...
    Luke 6:45
    A good man out of the good treasure of his hear...
    Ephesians 4:29
    Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, ...
    James 3:2 - 12
    For we all stumble in many things. If anyone do...
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