Judge not, lest ye be judged

judge not, lest ye be judged

1. proverb If you judge or condemn someone else, you stand to be judged or condemned according to the same standard; do not judge unsympathetically or hypocritically. The phrase was said by Jesus in the Bible (Matthew 7:1). A: “Well, I just think homeless people should stop being so lazy and go get a job already.” B: “Wow, I’ll remember that if you ever lose your job and struggle to find a new one. Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

2. proverb It is not your place to judge or condemn other people, because others are sure to find things for which to judge or condemn you. This more common interpretation of the phrase ignores the line in the Bible that follows: “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (Matthew 7:2) A: “You know, you really should lay off the sweets.” B: “Hey, judge not, lest ye be judged!”

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Judge not, lest ye be judged.

 and Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Prov. If you condemn other people, then they will have the right to condemn you, so it is best not to condemn them. (Biblical.) Jill: I’m sure Gloria is the one who’s been stealing from petty cash. She’s so sloppy, nasty, and ill-mannered. Don’t you think she’d be capable of theft? Jane: Judge not, lest ye be judged.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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