Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 7:22
- Did we not prophesy in thy name? (ou twi swi onomati eprophteusamen;).
- The use of ou in the question expects the affirmative answer. They claim to have prophesied (preached) in Christ's name and to have done many miracles. But Jesus will tear off the sheepskin and lay bare the ravening wolf. "I never knew you" (oudepote egnwn –mav). "I was never acquainted with you" (experimental knowledge). Success, as the world counts it, is not a criterion of one's knowledge of Christ and relation to him. "I will profess unto them" (omologhsw autoiv), the very word used of profession of Christ before men (Matthew 10:32). This word Jesus will use for public and open announcement of their doom.