6:37 “Do 1 not judge, 2 and you will not be judged; 3 do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 4 and you will be forgiven. 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 5 will be poured 6 into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 7
6:39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 8 Won’t they both fall 9 into a pit? 6:40 A disciple 10 is not greater than 11 his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 6:41 Why 12 do you see the speck 13 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 14 the beam of wood 15 in your own? 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
[6:37] 2 sn As the Gospel makes clear, with the statement do not judge Jesus had in mind making a judgment that caused one to cut oneself off from someone so that they ceased to be reached out to (5:27-32; 15:1-32). Jesus himself did make judgments about where people stand (11:37-54), but not in such a way that he ceased to continue to offer them God’s grace.
[6:38] 5 sn The background to the image pressed down, shaken together, running over is pouring out grain for measure in the marketplace. One often poured the grain into a container, shook it to level out the grain and then poured in some more. Those who are generous have generosity running over for them.
[6:39] 9 sn The picture of a blind man leading a blind man is a warning to watch who one follows: Won’t they both fall into a pit? The sermon has been about religious choices and reacting graciously to those who oppose the followers of Jesus. Here Jesus’ point was to be careful who you follow and where they are taking you.