Matthew 5:16

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

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.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Nature
    Others have a chance to offer compassion to those in pain. What if our suffering is Their test. Is a chance for them to choose to show kindness. Then a opportunity for us to say and show to them that our strength and comfort in those troubling times comes from the Lord. He does not think as we mere humans do but as the mighty Alpha and Omega. The Great I AM. Lean not on our own understanding.
  • Cybrat
    To Devlin if your still reading this, yes it does state in the bible that Jesus is God. Please read, John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. I don't know you, your age, earthly age or Christian age. You made baby Christian for a season one. I won't make an assumption. I was a Christian for many years before I realized "Word" is capitalized! Word is Christ!!! Just replace "Word" with"Christ". I think bc not only was Christ sent here to die for our sins but, also to be the earthly voice of God. If we were to hear the voice of God I believe it would be to much for a human to handle.
  • Wayne
    Devlin, read John chapters 5,8,10. Your answers are there.
  • Tony balogna
    Love this scripture. Our Lord Jesus really lets us know how to please the Father while living in harmony one with another. Among my favorite chapters of Matthew. God bless
  • MockingBird
    Jesus was persecuted , He was reviled ,and all manner was spoken against Him falsely : The religious leaders did it in thinking they were upholding God in their accusations toward Jesus : Jesus was walking in God's will : and so for us who walk in God's will : religious people will do the same toward us . We are a Blessed people : even though we get knocked down for it.
  • Jermontez Jackson
    It doesn't because jesus already knew what was coming.