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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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.
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.
David's comment on 2013-12-09 01:31:47:
Christ was instructing His disciples the right way of giving alms. Giving in full view of the public, to be noticed of them, is showing off of one's "righteousness", and that will create pride within. But when no one is watching, except God in Heaven, it will develop a benevolent character of giving. Our motives are what God weighs. It is not really about how much one gives, but about how one gives! That does not mean that we give less. He who loves his neighbor as himself will give liberally.
David's comment on 2013-12-09 01:17:35:
To my own understanding that scripture tells us how to be secretive in giving...knowing fully well that when we give we give to GOD who is in spirit and not Man..that's what makes us christian different,when we give we are not allowed to start bragging about it cause of attention and reward we need from men or cause we want them to know we have given..that's while GOD said "do not let your left hand know" giving its a secret thing its from the heart and its between you and GOD..Blessed be unto His Holy Name Amen!!!.
Hazrat's comment on 2013-11-14 07:05:54:
that we dont let flesh overtaken us.and not going and let people no what u r doing for others.let God get the glory.watever u doing for a person do it unto God with love and good intentions
Larry Richards's comment on 2013-03-08 17:01:44:
I think the meaning is clear and unmistakable. Jesus uses body parts to represent people, just as He taught Paul to repeat in First Corinthians 12. The left hand is a person (or member of the Church, or perhaps one of His disciples) and the right hand is another person. Therefore, should Matthew be the left and Mark the right; He means "Matthew, do not divulge the amount of your alms and same for you, Mark. Keep it secret".
Lou's comment on 2011-08-02 05:11:45:
By not quoting the whole verse and explaining the meaning of the whole verse the real meaning is lost
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