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

  • 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.
  • Peter
    This chapter is not in parables but spoken as law, in commandment form. As God spoke to Moses only, for the people were in fear, so too did Jesus spoke to those with ears to hear. Jesus absorbed the scriptures, for he spoke of fulfilling the law and not creating a new law. So I do as well, immersing myself in the old and new, for both are relevant. I admire you Irene, even though we disagree.
  • Ella Hall
    We must love no matter what and be forgiven
  • Nicholas worrell NACM
    John 19:28 "i thirst"
  • Irene123
    It's interesting that in this whole chapter - Jesus was teaching only His disciples, and not the multitudes as He usually was in a monologue this long.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 18:24 - song, "Just to walk with Him" - "My steps had led me far away, Sometimes I wondered why, They had taken me down lonely roads, Beneath the darkened sky, But every time I lost my way, He sought me out, He took my hand and said He'd walk with me." Throughout the scriptures, God demonstrates His willingness to compensate for our lack; Ps. 23.