Matthew 5:16

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good workes, and glorifie your father which is in heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Even so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
- Basic English Bible

Let your light thus shine before men, so that they may see your upright works, and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.
- Darby Bible

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
- Webster's Bible

Just so let your light shine before all men, in order that they may see your holy lives and may give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.
- Weymouth Bible

Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
- World English Bible

So schyne youre liyt befor men, that thei se youre goode werkis, and glorifie youre fadir that is in heuenes.
- Wycliffe Bible

so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who [is] in the heavens.
- Youngs Literal Bible


Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:16

5:16 That they may see - and glorify - That is, that seeing your good works, they may be moved to love and serve God likewise.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:16

Mt 5:16 Let your light so shine. Like the city set on a hill, or the lighted lamp on a stand. We are told, (1) To let our light shine. (2) Before men. (3) By good works. (4) That they may glorify the Father in heaven. Christ is the Light; we will shine reflected light if we walk in his light. If we give forth light it will honor God.


Comments for Matthew 5:16

Peter's comment on 2014-03-14 16:11:24:

Shining as light is the totality of a Christian lifestyle you are to be use by people to see the road to christ like life and be better people and equally shine


Aderibigbe Bode's comment on 2014-02-27 09:50:24:

life without christ is in total darkness if then we have truly accepted christ we are the children of light for jesus christ is the light of this world therefore as a children of light we must show jesus to the world by the way we live our life


D. Isaac's comment on 2014-01-25 09:29:47:

The light of the world is Jesus. Your mission in life is to join in the Great Commission to Glorify God, to be a testimony to his son Jesus (the light of the world) to help to ellimate darkness from the world. Every soul you help to save is an acknowledgement for God's Glorious gift to us, life. When we use his power as Christians to truthfully demonstate his presence in our lives; Others will follow.
We show gratitude for the life that was given to us so freely by the good things we do to help others acknowledge Christ.


Shirley's comment on 2014-01-15 10:49:09:

Whatever you do for others you don't have to go around looking for praise from other peoples. Whatever you do let it be secretly so God can be glorified. Its not about us Its all about HIM.


Ed Resoles's comment on 2013-12-07 06:24:42:

As a Christian, we should act in a manner that reflects our character as a true followers of Christ so others see our good works, being obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ


John's comment on 2013-10-22 06:05:54:

I believe as readers of the word we should be doers of the word! Not saying we will not fall but we admit to our falling and ask for forgiveness and pick the torch back up for all to see not for self glory. But for the glory to god and for all to see his mercy!


Gladys A Biew's comment on 2013-10-18 06:24:57:

This Text is reminding me as an individual who calls myself as a christian to be alert all the time since others are watching out see whether am a true replica of Christ throug my actions whether in speech, dressing, eating , drinking, chatting , making of friends. I mean every act i commit as an individual on this earth. THIS WHAT GINGERS OTHERS ALSO TO RECEIVE OR NOT TO RECEIVE THE MESSAGE ABOUT CHRIST. Hence we must always be on an alert to live a PLEASING LIFE FOR CHRIST.


Johnson Olalere's comment on 2013-08-31 17:55:22:

Every form of darkness provides opportunity for us to shine as children of God.


Austin Ideboghie's comment on 2013-08-17 19:05:12:

The secret of illuminating as the light is the secret of ones closet, note the the world we are in is dark, crooked and slippery our obligation as a child of the Most High God is to shine so that we may not wall in darkness of the world.


Cynthia Smith's comment on 2013-01-24 07:30:14:

Since we are the light of the world and are set upon a hill, so that everyone can see it. We have to understand that because we are a light, we will be noticed. No one can be a secret Christian these days because light shines the best when it's dark and we all know that the world we live in today is very dark. So keep shinning through both positive and negative responses because that's what light does.


Michael Njagi's comment on 2012-10-13 10:38:06:

To have salvation of Jesus is to have the light of the world.


Geraldine Smith's comment on 2012-09-28 11:40:13:

We as people of God should have a daily testimony of something new that God has done for us since the day before! If you are reading this post, you already have one testimony among many others to testify about! Remember, the world is watching to see if we are of an honesty report. Meaning our character and actions could cause a lost soul to want to remain lost.


Chalonia's comment on 2012-07-01 12:32:41:

Let your salvation be known before all that they may see God's work through you and want to serve and praise the God u serve


Geneasis's comment on 2011-08-21 16:01:23:

it is a awesome scripture. its showing me tht I shudnt be hiding tht light. n now my Generation needs to hear it.


Agoh Andrew's comment on 2011-04-29 04:48:41:

This bible portion is wake up call to all who profess to be followers of CHRIST. That we may conduct ourselves properly in every area of our lives. In dressing, modest; in speech, edifying; etc. It is by so doing that men would desire to be part of this only way to the Living GOD. FAITH WITHOUT WORK, IT IS WRITTEN, IS DEAD. We must defend our faith by our daily conduct and thus bring glory to God. It is written,He that winneth a soul is wise. soul winning is only possible via our wise disposition.


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