The Tree and its Fruits

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The Parable of the Tree and its Fruits (also called the Trees and their Fruits) is a parable of Jesus about testing a prophet. Similar passages appear in the New Testament in Matthew and Luke.[1][2]

From Matthew 7:15–20 (KJV):

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

From Luke 6:43-45 (KJV):

"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."

A similar passage appears in the Gospel of Thomas 45 (Patterson-Meyer Translation):

"Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs picked from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A good man brings forth good from his treasure. A bad man brings (forth) evil from the bad treasure that is in his heart, and (in fact) he speaks evil. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil."

In contrast, the Fruit of the Spirit is holy and will be evident in the life of a true prophet.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Jesus in the first three Gospels by Millar Burrows, 1977 ISBN 0-687-20089-X pages 122 and 195
  2. ^ Matthew by Douglas Hare 2009 ISBN 0-664-23433-X page 34

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The Tree and its Fruits
Preceded by
Discourse on the Two Ways
in the Sermon on the Mount
New Testament
Events
Succeeded by
Parable of the Two Builders
in the Sermon on the Mount