The tree and its fruit (Mt 12:33-12:33)

“Either make the tree good.


Its fruit will be good.

Or make the tree bad.


Its fruit will be bad.

The tree is known

By its fruit.”


Ἢ ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον καλὸν καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ καλόν, ἢ ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον σαπρὸν καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ σαπρόν· ἐκ γὰρ τοῦ καρποῦ τὸ δένδρον γινώσκεται.


A similar remark can be found in Luke, chapter 6:43, as well as earlier in Matthew, chapter 7:16-20, where there was talk about good fruit from good trees.  Either you make a tree good or worthy (Ἢ ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον καλὸν) with good or worthy fruit (καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ καλόν) or a bad or rotten tree (ἢ ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον σαπρὸν) with bad or rotten fruit (καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ σαπρόν).  The worthy tree or the rotten tree will be known by its worthy or rotten fruits (ἐκ γὰρ τοῦ καρποῦ τὸ δένδρον γινώσκεται).  This is a basic common-sense statement.  Simply stated, a good or bad tree will only produce what it is.  There will be no mixing of the good and the bad fruits.  Good fruit only comes from good trees, while rotten fruits only come from rotten trees.  You can tell what kind of a tree it is by its fruits.

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