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Matthew 7:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and then will I avow unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, then, will I confess unto them, Never, have I acknowledged you,—Depart from me, ye workers of lawlessness!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and then I will acknowledge to them, that—I never knew you, depart from me ye who are working lawlessness.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And then wil I professe vnto them, I neuer knew you: Depart from me, ye that worke iniquity.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And then will I confess to them, I never knew you; go far from me, ye workers of iniquity.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And then will I declare to them; I never knew you. Depart from me, ye doers of evil.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
then 5119
{5119} Prime
τότε
tote
{tot'-eh}
From (the neuter of) G3588 and G3753; the when, that is, at the time that (of the past or future, also in consecution).
will I profess 3670
{3670} Prime
ὁμολογέω
homologeo
{hom-ol-og-eh'-o}
From a compound of the base of G3674 and G3056; to assent, that is, covenant, acknowledge.
z5692
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
unto them, 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
y3754
[3754] Standard
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
I never y3763
[3763] Standard
οὐδέποτε
oudepote
{oo-dep'-ot-eh}
From G3761 and G4218; not even at any time, that is, never at all.
x3762
(3762) Complement
οὐδείς
oudeis
{oo-dice'}
From G3761 and G1520; not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.
knew 1097
{1097} Prime
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z5627
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
you: 5209
{5209} Prime
ὑμᾶς
humas
{hoo-mas'}
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
depart 672
{0672} Prime
ἀποχωρέω
apochoreo
{ap-okh-o-reh'-o}
From G0575 and G5562; to go away.
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
from 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
me, 1700
{1700} Prime
ἐμοῦ
emou
{em-oo'}
A prolonged form of G3449; of me.
ye that work 2038
{2038} Prime
ἐργάζομαι
ergazomai
{er-gad'-zom-ahee}
Middle voice from G2041; to toil (as a task, occupation, etc.), (by implication) effect, be engaged in or with, etc.
z5740
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
iniquity. 458
{0458} Prime
ἀνομία
anomia
{an-om-ee'-ah}
From G0459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 7:23

_ _ And then will I profess unto them — or, openly proclaim — tearing off the mask.

_ _ I never knew you — What they claimed — intimacy with Christ — is just what He repudiates, and with a certain scornful dignity. “Our acquaintance was not broken off — there never was any.”

_ _ depart from me — (Compare Matthew 25:41). The connection here gives these words an awful significance. They claimed intimacy with Christ, and in the corresponding passage, Luke 13:26, are represented as having gone out and in with Him on familiar terms. “So much the worse for you,” He replies: “I bore with that long enough; but now — begone!”

_ _ ye that work iniquity — not “that wrought iniquity”; for they are represented as fresh from the scenes and acts of it as they stand before the Judge. (See the almost identical, but even more vivid and awful, description of the scene in Luke 13:24-27). That the apostle alludes to these very words in 2 Timothy 2:19 there can hardly be any doubt — “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 7:21-29.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 7:23

I never knew you — There never was a time that I approved of you: so that as many souls as they had saved, they were themselves never saved from their sins. Lord, is it my case? Luke 13:27.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Matthew 7:23

And then will I profess unto them, (f) I never knew you: depart from me, (g) ye that work iniquity.

(f) This is not of ignorance, but because he will cast them away.

(g) You that are given to all kinds of wickedness, and seem to make an art of sin.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
I never:

Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: ... I and [my] Father are one.
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

depart:

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Psalms 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Psalms 6:8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity.
Revelation 22:15 For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
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Ps 5:5; 6:8. Mt 25:12, 41. Lk 13:25, 27. Jn 10:14, 27. 2Ti 2:19. Rv 22:15.

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