“With What Judgment Ye Judge Ye Shall Be Judged”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

The Joseph Smith Translation once again comes to our rescue:

“Judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged: but judge righteous judgment” (JST, Matthew 7:1-2).

The question is not whether the Saints of God will make judgments; the question is whether their judgments are righteous, whether they are true and good. The more we seek to be like our Lord and Master, who is the keeper of the gate (see 2 Nephi 9:41), the one to whom the Father has committed all judgment (see John 5:22), the more our judgments will be just.

Later to the Nephite Twelve the Savior will say:

“All things are written by the Father; therefore out of the books which shall be written shall the world be judged. And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be [as judges]? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” (3 Nephi 27:26-27, italics added.)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4