The gate is straitDeep and wideBreak on through to the other side
Enter ye in at the strait gate:
For wide is the gate,
and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.
Strait and narrow are synonyms, as are the contrasting pair wide and broad, and notice how Jesus explicitly presents the wide gate as the opposite of the strait gate -- one leading to destruction, the other to life. So what can Jim Morrison have meant by "The gate is strait, deep and wide"? How can it be both strait and wide? And what does it mean to say that a gate is "deep"?
Of course, "deep and wide" is no more Morrison's own turn of phrase than is "strait is the gate." It's from an old Salvation Army song.
There's a wondrous fountain, filled with living water,Flowing from the Saviour's wounded side.There's an invitation to the heavy laden,To this fountain flowing deep and wide.Deep and wide, deep and wide,There's a fountain flowing deep and wide.Yes, 'tis deep and wide, deep and wide,There's a fountain flowing deep and wide.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. . . . Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" (John 10:1-2, 7-11).
There is life abundant -- gift from God our Father --Source, whence ev’ry need may be supplied --It is offered freely, without price or money,Drink from Heav’nly fountains, deep and wide.