Matthew 5:16

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 (KJV)

Other Translations

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good workes, and glorifie your father which is in heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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

  • Alex
    God is no respector of persons he loves everybody thats y he sends his sun/son and rain/spirit on the good and the bad the just and unjust. His love and mercy is beyond OUR COMPREHENSION. IF I BELIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL ALL MEN UNTO ME, There was none righteous no not one but while we the world was yet sinners he died for all of us,that he might rise again in the hearts of EVERYMAN VIA HIS SEED.
  • A disciple
    "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your REWARD in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." The word in the original Greek Text indicates Payment, as in Wages or Hire for some work done. Our salvation depends on our finishing the course as overcomers, and enduring true and faithful to the end. Then truly by our fruits we shall be known, of what kind we are!
  • Servant
    If we can take anything from Matt. . Let it be that Christ is trying to teach us about the Royal Law of love .
  • Amelliea
    The lord said let there be light and there was light..... In the beginning god created the heaven and the earth.. For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who ever believed in him should not perish but have a everlasting life....
  • A disciple
    "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Some of the Blessed character traits in the Beatitudes are not just "nice suggestions" but absolutely essential character traits which must be present and working in us if we hope to receive those Blessings promised. THAT is the WORK which we MUST DO that will be the LIGHT shining!
  • Alex
    Sin is the trangression of the law and Jesus says he came not to do away with the law but to fulfill the law but by his death we will all get a seed an incorruptible seed resulting in a birth of Christ in us and them that are born of God cannot sin thus our new innerman cannot sin simply b/c he is born of GOD, Thats how he will destroy mans propsensity to sin thus fulfilling the law