Matthew 4:16

“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The people which sate in darkenesse, saw great light: and to them which sate in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung vp.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The people that sat in darkness Saw a great light, And to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, To them did light spring up.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The people who were in the dark saw a great light, and to those in the land of the shade of death did the dawn come up.
- Basic English Bible

-- the people sitting in darkness has seen a great light, and to those sitting in [the] country and shadow of death, to them has light sprung up.
- Darby Bible

The people who sat in darkness, saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shades of death, light hath arisen.
- Webster's Bible

The people who were dwelling in darkness have seen a brilliant light; and on those who were dwelling in the region of the shadow of death, on them light has dawned."
- Weymouth Bible

the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned."
- World English Bible

the puple that walkide in derknessis saye greet liyt, and while men satten in the cuntre of shadewe of deth, liyt aroos to hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

the people that is sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those sitting in a region and shadow of death -- light arose to them.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:16


4:16 Here is a beautiful gradation, first, they walked, then they sat in darkness, and lastly, in the region of the shadow of death.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:16


Mt 4:16 The people. Those of the region just described (Mt 4:15). Which sat in darkness. In religious ignorance. Saw great light. Christ, the Light of the world. In the teaching of Jesus in the region described by the prophet there was a remarkable fulfillment of the prediction.

Discussion for Matthew 4

  • God's Handmaiden
    Many times people are born into the Kingdom of God and are asked to be witnesses and lead people to Jesus. What is to be understood is effective witnessing has to be taught. Jesus told his disciples to follow him, and that he would "make" them fishers of men.
  • Henry
    Mathew 4 , is one of greatest vetse in the Bible it makes me to understand how Jesus care about us , his love towards us and caring are forever and forever glorified in Jesus name amen.
  • Eric
    And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou abomination vehemently. For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, he is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling. He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing.
  • Okoh terry
    thank yu very much for yu just made me understand clearly matthew 4 very well thank yu
  • Pat Gibbs
    I'm tying to find out the time frame of the parables, especially from Matthew Chapt. 4, thru Chapt. 18. How much time did Jesus spend in Galilee?
    Can you help. thanks, Pat Gibbs
  • James
    Thank you Jesus for all you have done for us and thank you GOD for having your word put down so that we may have a better understanding of what we need to do

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