Matthew 6:3

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But when thou doest almes, let not thy left hand know, what thy right doeth:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But when you give money, let not your left hand see what your right hand does:
- Basic English Bible

But thou, when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand does;
- Darby Bible

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
- Webster's Bible

But when you are giving in charity, let not your left hand perceive what your right hand is doing,
- Weymouth Bible

But when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does,
- World English Bible

But whanne thou doist almes, knowe not thi left hond what thi riyt hond doith, that thin almes be in hidils,
- Wycliffe Bible

`But thou, doing kindness, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 6:3


6:3 Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth - A proverbial expression for doing a thing secretly. Do it as secretly as is consistent, With the doing it at all. With the doing it in the most effectual manner.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:3


Mt 6:3 Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. A strong expression to indicate that there must be no publishing of our alms deeds.

Discussion for Matthew 6

  • Wayne
    V. 6. If, when giving tithes and offerings, you desire to increase giving, cheerfully and lovingly, to the Lord, talk to Jesus. He will make the way for the increase, even if in small increments. Giving your income and finances to Him will allow Him to work with them. AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED at His working with your finances. He will do as He says. He will make sure you never lacking. TRUST HIM
  • Nathan DePung
    To let God straighten you out..instead of lieing and telling people that you already have.follow his commandments, and to read the word..amen..
  • Joshua
    Seek His Kingdom first - in your heart what is laid out before you? Are you giving your all to the Lord by giving your all to Him and or people? Because the second commandment it like the first. We must do both. The second is conditional considering you love yourself first. Otherwise it impedes the commandment itself. But to go after His Kingdom - first requires a lot of not going after His Kingdom and knowing the difference. His Righteousness - Breakthroughs in personal bondage to sin and lust and pride and greed and anger and hate all have to begin with the error in doing them. After a season of recognizing personal failure can the knowledge of His Righteousness be attainable. Righteousness is given by Him. But you have to seek Him and fail to know the difference. Only by personal experience can someone actually achieve this verse over their lifetime. That is why this verse is pact with so many hints that it is a work of sanctification and not of good works but of grace because so much of it depends of Him,,..... His,.... in order for it to be realized. There is only subtle things we can do other than sit back and enjoy the process. Like kids you can imagine the weary question,..."are we there yet?,..." and the loving Father responds "No, I'll let you know when we get there."
  • Rick
    What does it mean to seek the Kingdom of God! That is to seek out your own salvation with fear and trembling! To seek after forgiveness and repent of all your sins, then you shall become righteous in Gods eyes! Then the blessings of God will be added to you like, peace that passeth all understanding, being fullfiled with life, being content with what you have, habe love and compassion for others etc...! That is the beauty of it all, that you become like Christ in all your ways! That is the thing we should desire and strive for, not the pleasures of our flesh!
  • Robert Johnson
    JUST GO FEED THE CHILDREN OF GOD!! Winning souls for Jesus Christ?? Why don't you go save a child, so there is soul left to save?? Mark 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. MARK MY WORDS"!! Now get unfold yer hands, get up off your knees and WALK, straight out that door!!For you are wasting time... As it is written... Acts 17:24 "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things " What are you waiting for?? AN EN'GRAVED' INVITATION!!
  • God's Girl
    I love this scripture, because it is also a song. My mom loves when I sing it. Also we sang it in church not to long ago.

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