Matthew 7:14


“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of Matthew 7:14

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth vnto life, and few there be that finde it.”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of Matthew chapter 7

“"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
New American Standard Version (1995)

“For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.”
American Standard Version (1901)

“For narrow is the door and hard the road to life, and only a small number make discovery of it.”
Basic English Bible

“For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.”
Darby Bible

“How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! ”
Douay Rheims Bible

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there are that find it. ”
Webster's Bible

“because narrow is the gate and contracted the road which leads to Life, and few are those who find it.”
Weymouth Bible

“How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.”
World English Bible

“Hou streit is the yate, and narwy the weye, that ledith to lijf, and ther ben fewe that fynden it.”
Wycliffe Bible

“how strait [is] the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it!”
Youngs Literal Bible


Jesse's comment on 2020-06-20 11:21:22:


I do agree that there are other English translations that are easier to read than the KJV. Maybe that's why I was given a Living Bible as my first Bible. It's not one I would recommend to anyone. I definitely wouldn't give it to one of my kids or grandkids. I don't think my mother knew much about the LB before she gave it to me. It's not even a translation, but a paraphrase. That's what concerns me about paraphrase bibles. The author can write anything he or she wants and then publish it. I only used two verses as an example. There are many others that I feel completely change the true meaning of the text. That's what matters the most to me. I am not a "King James Only" person, even though that is the translation I study from. There are other good English translations that are easier to read than the KJV. I can't argue that. But for myself, I stay away from the LB. I hope I have not offended anyone here that does use that version. We are all free to choose whatever Bible we want. We just have to ask ourselves what is most important to us when choosing a translation, accuracy or easy to read.


Chris's comment on 2020-06-20 00:31:27:

The NKJV is essentially a modernized version of the KJV, removing the 'Thee(s) & Thou(s)" & using some more familiar words to today's reader. There are of course, some critics to its textual accuracy, but I've always said, that I would rather a believer read the Bible he can understand, than trying to cope with 17th century English & not understand what is being read. Having said that, many Bible scholars speak highly of the NASB as being both modern & faithful to the original manuscripts. I've never used either - I'm too old fashioned & just can't identify with any other translation. The first editions of the Good News Bible & Readers Digest Bible were full of errors, but I do admit finding some value in the Living Bible(!).

The intriguing errors you cited, Jesse, were not totally unreasonable, if the Scriptures are the same ones I'm thinking of. 1 Ki 18:27 speaks of Elijah taunting the worshippers of Baal who couldn't arouse their god to hear them. So Elijah suggested they cry out louder since he may be busy, sleeping, on a journey, or 'pursuing' = relieving himself. So, fortunately, the LB doesn't apply this act to our God.

The other one is in 1 Sam 20:30 when Saul's anger was "kindled against Jonathon" & he called him "you stupid son of a whore" = "son of a perverse rebellious woman". And of course, the word 'whore' is used quite liberally in the Scriptures. So, it can raise eyebrows with its flowery language, so there may be some (limited) value in it.


Jesse's comment on 2020-06-19 09:05:33:

Yea, I'm like you. I'm not really sure how many bibles I have. They are all KJV bibles except for one Living Bible. That one just collects dust on a bookshelf. I'm not too sure why I even still have it. I guess out of sight, out of mind. I can't give it away because if it's something I won't read, I wouldn't want anyone else to read it either. I'd throw it in the trash but I'm afraid the guy at the dump would get a hold of it.

I do sometimes look at other bibles to make comparisons. I have four different bible software programs on my computer that have tons of different bibles and other books. There is a free online program you can download from e-Sword. That is one of the programs I have. It gives you several bibles, and many other books that I find helpful.

I have heard good things about the NKJV but have not read from that one. Chris may have, I don't know, but I do trust his recommendations.


Mishael's comment on 2020-06-19 00:35:10:

LOL. I have never seen those verses. I only say that for people who have trouble with eth on the end of words.

I think Chris said the new KJV is a better version to get. I tried to read a NIV but gave up.

I have a real hard time "retiring old Bibles".

What do you do?


Jesse's comment on 2020-06-18 22:33:49:


I completely agree with you on the King James but the Living Bible is no bueno (Spanish for not bueno) My very first Bible was the Living Bible. My mother gave it to me when I was very young. I still own it but never read it. It is not even a translation. It is a paraphrase and a very poor one in my opinion. It says things like God was on the toilet, and in one place it says says "son of a b....." I could probably share with you many places in the Living Bible that might change your mind on recommending it. I just wanted to share this with you. Like I said, I do own a Living Bible and I have a lot of things marked up in it that are questionable.


Mishael on religions and Bibles's comment on 2020-06-18 17:20:15:

I'm thinking there is one Word of God, and that is the Son of Man, who is Jesus.

We're living in the last days. It becomes more and more evident the separation of Christians by the Names of Their Religion.

Book of Mormon

Jehovah Witnesses: rewrote their Bibles to blot out "GOD" and change it to Jehovah (through the entire Bible)

The Catholic Bibles

Look at the Publishers page in the Bible before purchasing.

....... having a form of godliness, but denying THE POWER of God.

King James Version Bible has the purest translation I think. However a Living Bible is easier for adolescents and teenagers to understand at first. I have 2: both hopelessly marked up/can't read it. :/

If I'm wrong, the Holy Spirit will be by later to set me straight. :o


Andrew Kingsly Raj Andrew's comment on 2020-06-18 05:07:42:

Yeah, you are correct. Heaven is real, at the same time hell is also real. If any one wants to go to Heaven, He should acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. Other wise they will go to hell. Mormons, Catholicism, etc.,. are lead by satan. For Devil is the lier, he makes a false christianity. Be careful of those kinds of false techings.


Vendall's comment on 2020-06-18 04:58:21:

The world has its perception of God and His Heaven. They believe in a generic god. They believe that all people are basically good, they believe people can become angels, they believe that almost everyone goes to heaven when they die from this world..there are even pastors who help perpetuate this delusion. That is the broad way which many travel...But we know the truth. That only by belief in Jesus Christ and repentance of sin can you go to heaven. That is the narrow way we few travel.


Akintola's comment on 2015-07-04 15:36:54:

You must not be driven or drift to destruction and sin that are been plan by the devil.


CJ's comment on 2015-04-26 06:25:40:

This scripture means that you must not be lead into the ways of destruction and sin, worldly desires. That sinful way is many and not Gods way. If you go that way you will not be living Gods purpose for you. He will not be happy with you and you will not really be happy either but it is easy. It is much harder but fulfilling to reject the sin that is in your heart that is not good and does not go with him. So we must let go of these ways and follow the straight path! If someone has trouble with it they need to read the bible, the scriptures that counteract the lie that is leading you astray also if you pray for God to help you he will. It does not mean that you will not go to heaven you will if you believe in Jesus. Hallelujah! You will live a righteous life if you follow the narrow way.


brandon saulter's comment on 2015-04-02 19:28:19:

I think people just need to do the right thing. Help your family and friends and stay out of trouble. Go to church and pray and help any one you can and stay positive.


Allen E. Carter's comment on 2015-03-03 22:01:20:

Acts 10:10, acts 11:5, acts 22:18 Peter fell into a TRANCE and had spiritual vision. Numbers 4:4 16 Balaam falling in a TRANCE even with his eyes open, seeing the Almighty. Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am God means your mind by meditation,stopping the carnal thought until you enter into a TRANCE . The Webster definition for TRANCE is a narrow passage, a narrow pathway A NARROW GATE I hope this helps all of you. It 's God 's way or no way at all.


Allen e carter's comment on 2014-12-29 20:21:50:

The word is written to confound confuse the wise of the world. That being said. That, that is written in spirit can not be understood in the carnal mind. So the Holy Ghost is the teacher not man. It 's very openly that none of these men understand God 's word.


Joshua mbugua's comment on 2014-07-20 06:07:58:

the fact that Jesus died on the cross does not exempt us from the law. There cannever be freedom without law even Adam had been given law in the Eden. Hebrew says that bcause of change of priesthood it was necessary for the law to be change. It was changed to produce greater holiness than the one produced by the law of Moses.


tml's comment on 2014-04-04 07:48:38:

Narrow is just that false reachings, half truths, and easy living may be how we interpret Salvation? For me only I sinned even though I were a Christian. Repentance for me was difficult and came later in life. I was not living by God 's Word, but though I was doing well holding on to certain verses and selecting to stand on certain believes that gave the most comfornt in my times of need. Perhaps I 've been on the wide road even though I called myself a Christian and have not lived the way God explains.


Jerry's comment on 2013-10-24 11:15:18:

Mr. Jone's comment is off base as Christ is the only way. However, we seek to add to what Christ did for us and that is quite unacceptable to God. It is His way through His Son Jesus Christ or you will be entering in the wide gate unto eternal death.


Bryan Clark's comment on 2013-09-28 03:13:32:

I thank God for the cross and what the Lord Jesus Christ suffered to redeem sinners like myself .I have received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour.His work is complete,it is now our responsiblity to accept it, My prayer is that others will do the same before it is eternally to late.The Lord is returning soon.Will you be ready?


Joyce's comment on 2013-07-31 01:30:23:

The narrow way that leads to godly living for YAHWEH .. we no longer live to satisfy our own desires but God's. he is a new creation in CHRIST apart from Him we can do nothing. John 3 New Birth JESUS said unless you are born of water & the spirit, you cannot see nor enter into the kingdom of God


Thomas Gathman's comment on 2013-04-17 15:41:06:

God said it.....and he is not fooling!!!


ALONZO SMITH's comment on 2013-03-20 11:54:53:

I think if you believe in Jesus Christ and believe that he died on the cross, for you and me, and confess that he is lord, and work toward the mark, and live with in him and follow the path of righteousness. That is all that we ought to do.


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