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

  • Mikey
    Jesus wanted people to place their hope elsewhere rather than in materialistic things. He wanted them to rely on the Source of lasting riches—Jehovah God. And we should want to also rely on Jehovah God rather than things we can not trust.
  • Andy
    Matthew 6 guides us in our relationship with Christ. God wants a personal relationship not for public display, but a personal relatinship with us. The things that we do should be done because of our love for God and not for public display. The world may see our good works but our good works should be done to glorify God
  • Lucy
    Its about what you do silently with your heart that counts not what you say ...
  • Matthew Mutua
    It only makes sense to look up to God's restraints concerning charity. Why blow one's own trumpet?

    If only we could be committed to doing the right thing in disregard of recognition...

    This chapter encourages us to wait for the most important thing: God's reward during the messiah's second coming.
  • Ines Humphrey
    Love it,give me strength and motivation to do better! I read chapter 6 every night before going to sleep! A good friend of mine told me about chapter 6 and is really helps me going through hard times!
  • Tunde
    The lord is great , if only people know that Jesus is the first they would not run after the things of the world because he has said " seek the kingdom of God first and every other things shall be added" but now a days people make things of the world first and Jesus the second option. May the lord forgive us all.

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