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judge not, that ye be not judged

1. proverb If you judge or condemn someone else, you stand to be judged or condemned according to the same standard. Therefore, 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, that ye be not 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, that ye be not judged!"
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