In Matthew 7:12, we first encounter the word, “therefore.”
Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. NASB
As a rule, that word “therefore” tells us that what is to come is a summary, or a conclusion of what has previously been said. At first glance, it may be difficult to see it. But it is there. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his commentary, points it out quite well. Let me explain as he does.
Verses one through twelve are tied together in two groups, and verse twelve is a concluding statement.
- Verses 1-6 deals with judging others wisely.
- Verses 7-11 is a reminder to us that we need His grace in order to correctly deal with and judge others. We need to know how to pray for wisdom.
- Verse 12 is a concluding verse for the entire section (verses…
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