What’s giving got to do with judging?

I find it interesting that a verse in the Bible on giving is juxtaposed with a verse on not judging others.

I don’t know why this would be. But a Bible scholar may have more insight into why this is the way it is as the two verses seem contradictory. Why these seemingly two unrelated verses together?

But there must be an explanation, so I put both verses together in context, to arrive at a meaning, which may or may not be the original meaning, but sounds nice all the same.

And it makes sense to me, despite the two verses being out of joint on the surface of things.

Here are the two verses, from the gospel of Luke, chapter six, v. 37-38.

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)

Does it all make sense to you, in context?

My guess is that it may mean this: Instead of judging others, give to others. Do quality giving, not quantity judgment. Give to those you’ve judged in some way, even secretly.

I think this this sounds about right. It’s the good thing to do. It makes for a better life for someone.

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