Matthew 4:16

“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The people which sate in darkenesse, saw great light: and to them which sate in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung vp.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The people that sat in darkness Saw a great light, And to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, To them did light spring up.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The people who were in the dark saw a great light, and to those in the land of the shade of death did the dawn come up.
- Basic English Bible

-- the people sitting in darkness has seen a great light, and to those sitting in [the] country and shadow of death, to them has light sprung up.
- Darby Bible

The people who sat in darkness, saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shades of death, light hath arisen.
- Webster's Bible

The people who were dwelling in darkness have seen a brilliant light; and on those who were dwelling in the region of the shadow of death, on them light has dawned."
- Weymouth Bible

the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned."
- World English Bible

the puple that walkide in derknessis saye greet liyt, and while men satten in the cuntre of shadewe of deth, liyt aroos to hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

the people that is sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those sitting in a region and shadow of death -- light arose to them.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:16


4:16 Here is a beautiful gradation, first, they walked, then they sat in darkness, and lastly, in the region of the shadow of death.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:16


Mt 4:16 The people. Those of the region just described (Mt 4:15). Which sat in darkness. In religious ignorance. Saw great light. Christ, the Light of the world. In the teaching of Jesus in the region described by the prophet there was a remarkable fulfillment of the prediction.

Discussion for Matthew 4

  • Wayne
    V.17, Jesus didn't say to b baptized for salvation. He stated repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
  • I AM
    Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over past. Behold, God himself is the judge, fear him: leave off from your sins, and forget your iniquities, to meddle no more with them for ever: so shall God lead you forth, and JESUS, who is the CHRIST, shall deliver you from all trouble. AMEN
  • A disciple
    Matthew 4:4 "..Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." This most important and fitting response was to the temptation to use His divine power to serve His natural human needs and the devil's thoughts, that "God helps those who help themselves." Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for the express purpose of fasting and prayer to commence His Service to the Father and our redemption and with that, being put to the test by the devil. Having committed Himself in the Spirit, it was not for Him afterwards to "save Himself" and rescue the flesh from its inconveniences and discomforts BY HIS DIVINE AUTHORITY! We belong to God and have committed to follow Jesus Christ and be led by His Spirit: we do not afterwards worry about rescuing ourselves from what we are appointed by God to encounter, in the things He has directed for us to serve Him.
  • Geraldine cole
    The devil tried to temp Jesus but Jesus was not falling for the devil lies .its sad how some saved people don't no the difference between the devil spirit and JESUS U see Jesus knew the devil he once was in Heaven he was one of the angels in heaven he wanted to take over in heaven so The devil and all of the ones like him got thrown out of heaven by Jesus Test the Spirit is it Jesus
  • Ellie
    Love Him Jesus Christ 😘🙏
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 12:52 FOR FROM HENCEFORTH THERE SHALL BE BE FIVE IN ONE HOUSE DIVIDED THREE AGAINST TWO AND TWO AGAINST THREE --- MATTHEW 10:35 FOR I AM COME TO SET A MAN AT VARIANCE AGAINST HIS FATHER AND THE DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER AND THE DAUGHTER IN LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER IN LAW

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