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

  • Jeffery diviney
    Its a very revealing chapter. Its very interesting how even Satan quoted the word off god.verse 6 corresponds with psalms 91:12..... So let all gods people stay on guard.for evil ones are very clever and cunning. God bless....
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Matthew 26:41 "Watch ye and pray lest ye enter into temptation: For truly the spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak."
  • Dennis
    Christ teaches us that we resist temptation by knowing the Word of God.
  • Terri
    Jesus resist the devil temptations we need to also resist and flee from temptations and sin
  • Irene123
    Matt. 4 is telling us that god calls us; we don't decide one day we are going to follow him; there are many MANY people out there who have decided to follow him, but - Jesus didn't call them. These are the ones who are truly called are to - watch out for, 1 Jn. 4:1; 2 Jn. 1:7
  • Charlie
    When the diciples followed Christ, their fisher nets were always full. Without Christ leading our lives we cannot operate in the fullness thereof. We are reminded in this passage that we can do all things through Christ Jesus therefore, all we need do is cast the net, and he will fill it!

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