The verse actually reads “Judge not that ye be not judged.” This verse is often swung as a gavel to bring about an immediate cessation of discussion of another person’s behavior.The incorrect understanding of the verse is that we are completely forbidden to call to attention any areas in others’ behaviors that demand correction.
These translations indicate the verse has nothing to do with holding your ground. What Paul is saying is that through the strengthening of Christ we can press forward and endure through all hardships…even death.The Hebrew word translated here does not have an English equivalent, but means all of the things stated in those 3 translations…to be still, peaceful, and silent. And people have decided to take their reassurance in the words of Moses? Clearly we know in the Exodus story that the Jews did not stand their ground on the shore of the Red Sea…they got moving. This verse does not infer that by having faith in Christ we will achieve or prosper in all we aspire to, but rather in Christ we find the sufficient comfort and support to carry on through all adversity.In their fear the Israelites began to cry out to Moses that they would have been better off had they never left Egypt. This verse, while extremely powerful in proper context, is typically grossly distorted from the original intent in the writing of the Apostle Paul.In the NIV translation, Moses responds by telling them not to fear, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” This version of the verse has been lifted and placed onto a plethora of Christian items…home decor, T-shirts, bookmarks, bumper stickers, etc. At the time of the writing of this letter the Apostle Paul had finally reached his desired destination of Rome, but only after being taken prisoner, shipwrecked, and placed on house arrest chained to a Roman soldier.17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
Clearly here, Christ says we are to judge righteously, recognize and discern good from evil by peoples’ actions, and rebuke our brothers and sisters when they sin.
Despite the uniformity of the Bible, verses are all too often misinterpreted or quoted out of context. Jewish folklore casts King Solomon as the humbled king of the fable. 1 Timothy This is a misquoting of the verse: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.” In the Bible “sin” is identified as the root of all evil.
If I was to write, “You should never read a Bible verse,” and you were to quote that phrase by itself, you would severely misrepresent my intent if the next thing I said was, “You should always read an entire thought or even an entire chapter to properly understand a verse’s context.” Unfortunately in our quote crazy, sound bite loving, tweet happy world, information now comes one line at a time. Still, the fact remains, this phrase does not appear in the Bible. Sin is any action that transgresses the mark set by God’s Holy Law. Want is bred by either fear or lack of trust in God.
13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Let us “twist not a scripture lest we be like the devil” (Paul Washer).
The most frequently misused verse in the Bible is without question, Matthew 7:1. Jesus said don’t judge.” And in their pronouncing a person as judgmental, they too have judged.
Without the authority to judge others’ behaviors there is no permissible authority by which we could uphold governing laws, discipline children, select leaders, choose teachers and childcare providers, or discern which Bible teachers are profitable to listen to.