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

  • JoAnn
    Matthew 6 says to me that in order to win the world for Christ, and see good days, we must be like him; following HIS example, then watch God work! :-)
  • Shawnita
    6:5-6 Do not draw attention to yourself, praying out loud and repetitive. Pray with humility and reverence, and God will draw nearer to you, hear you and bless you.
  • Taiwo Favor Ajani
    We should reject pride, forgive those who offended us ,win souls for Jesus always in all possible ways and consciously praise and worship God daily ... and He will surely surprise us with blessings beyond our imaginations.
  • Linda
    The secret is verse 33... Seek ye first his kingdom and all these things will be added to you....this is a promise that the Lord will care for us if only we seek him. In your thoughts and quiet times look for the Lord's hand in everthing.
  • Elisabethdamgaard
    34, Take therefore no thought for the morrow, For God know what we need every day.
    Go to God in faith and give Him thanksgivng every day. Amen!!!
  • Joyce Ballentine
    Mathew 6:14 "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you." SIMPLE SCRIPTURE TO UNDERSTAND BUT SOMETIMES IS HARD TO DO! THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THIS: WHO ARE WE TO NOT FORGIVE THE HURT SOMEBODY CAUSED US, WHEN WE CAUSED HURT TO GOD BY NOT ONLY SINNING, BUT HAVING TO SEE HIS ONLY SON TREATED LIKE AN ANIMAL JUST TO SAVE OUR SOULS FROM A BURNING HE

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