Matthew 5:16

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good workes, and glorifie your father which is in heauen.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

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

"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

  • Steve morrow
    --- DOES A FALSE WITNESS SIN --- MATTHEW 5:27 YOU HAVE HEARD THAT IT WAS SAID BY THEM OF OLD TIME THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY --5:28-- BIT I SAY UNTO YOU THAT WHOSOEVER LOOKETH ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER HATH COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER ALREADY IN HIS HEART ----- PHILIPPIANS 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS WHICH ARE JESUS CHRISTS
  • A disciple
    Insight; the history of the "City of the Great KING" is on account of her inhabitants, who have consistently rejected with contempt any and all of God's servants that He sent to her; "How often would I have gathered your children together...and YOU WOULD NOT!" But one thing we always find in the Bible around these things is that in the end God WILL have His way with Israel and they WILL convert!
  • Insight777
    V35, Jesus is teaching an important lesson. He does not say Jerusalem is Gods city but the city of a great king. A king that defines what is religion and law. Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times.
    All of earth is Gods real estate. What is holy to God is the LIFE God placed on a lifeless planet. Kings kill the life God creates.
  • Brother carl
    The desire of the Holy Ghost is to deny the flesh with the mind of Christ to always please the Father. Even though the flesh considers perfection impossible it is Christ Jesus who reminds us that salvation itself is impossible and it is only made a reality by God. Who leads us to repentance, and by his word we receive faith to obey his will to be born again so then our morals can be very good.
  • A disciple
    "...so the whole world can see it and want to know what is it that we have that they don't have and they will want to be delivered..." My experience, I'm sorry to say, has never been like that. It was never because I wanted what some Church-people had, that I didn't; that I came to repentance! It was because my real danger was my sins, and my [imagined] life without God, and the Word which I heard
  • Geraldine cole
    Bruce u are so right we the True Believer of God we are the light of the World we Cannot hide our light we must let it shine so the whole world can see it and want to know what is it that we have that they don't have and they will want to be delivered from their sins because of the love that we have shown to them and the way we live our lives thats how God want his Children to live here.

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