Judge with right judgment (Jn 7:24-7:24)

“Do not judge

By appearances!

But judge

With the right judgment!”

μὴ κρίνετε κατ’ ὄψιν, ἀλλὰ τὴν δικαίαν κρίσιν κρίνατε.

John uniquely added that Jesus said not to judge (μὴ κρίνετε) by outward appearances or features (κατ’ ὄψιν), but (ἀλλὰ) judge (κρίνατε) with right judgment (τὴν δικαίαν κρίσιν).  Jesus aimed this reprove at the Jewish leaders.  He told them not to judge by the outside appearance, ὄψιν, a word used exclusively by John among the Greek biblical writers that means the act of seeing, the sense of sight, the face, countenance, features, or outward appearance.  Instead, they were to use right judgment.  This was a frequent synoptic topic also.  People only judged other people about how they looked rather than on their inner selves.  Do you often judge people by their appearance?

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