The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 7:1
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
] This is not to be
understood of any sort of judgment; not of judgment in the civil
courts of judicature, by proper magistrates, which ought to be made
and pass, according to the nature of the case; nor of judgment in
the churches of Christ, where offenders are to be called to an
account, examined, tried, and dealt with according to the rules of
the Gospel; nor of every private judgment, which one man may make
upon another, without any detriment to him; but of rash judgment,
interpreting men's words and deeds to the worst sense, and censuring
them in a very severe manner; even passing sentence on them, with
respect to their eternal state and condition. Good is the advice
given by the famous Hillell F21, who lived a little before Christ's
``Do not judge thy neighbour, (says he,) until thou comest
into his place.''
It would be well, if persons subject to a censorious spirit, would
put themselves in the case and circumstances the persons are in they
judge; and then consider, what judgment they would choose others
should pass on them. The argument Christ uses to dissuade from this
evil, which the Jews were very prone to, is, "that ye be not
judged"; meaning, either by men, for such censorious persons rarely
have the good will of their fellow creatures, but are commonly
repaid in the same way; or else by God, which will be the most awful
and tremendous: for such persons take upon them the place of God,
usurp his prerogative, as if they knew the hearts and states of men;
and therefore will have judgment without mercy at the hands of God.
F21 Pirke Abot, c. 2. sect. 4.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 7:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=007&verse=001>. 1999.