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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 Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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Other Translations of Matthew 4:16
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)
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"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
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.
Comments for Matthew 4:16
Cecilia's comment on 2014-01-06 06:18:57:
WE SHOULD LEAVE THE DARKNESS WHICH IS SIN AND SEEK TO FOLLOW THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT - JESUS WHO IS LAMP TO OUR FEET AND LIGHT TO OUR PATH
Marj's comment on 2013-10-31 08:52:55:
First they were in spiritual darkness, then a great light sprung up. I know a similar thing happened to me in a dream, a very evil darkness was closing in on me and I knew it would kill me (this was many years ago) not knowing where I knew to do this I suddenly yelled "JESUS" immediately a light burst for from me and obliterated totally all of the darkness surrounding me. The name of Jesus had saved my life, and though I said it, I know even that was by God's Grace because it wasn't something I would think of nor did I have time to think.
So, I was voraciously wanting more of Jesus after that, and I think this particular verse it telling us how their hearts were prepared to do such unusual things when you consider this from a human perspective. Why else would the disciples drop their whole lives to follow Jesus. There may have been other supernatural dreams, visions, but that verse I believe is the key, although being fully God and fully Human, would be something to behold I am sure everyone with an open heart to God would feel drawn irresistibly towards Him.
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