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 5:16

  • Shining as light is the totality of a Christian lifestyle you are to be use by people to see the road to christ like life and be better people and equally shine
  • Aderibigbe bode for verse 16
    life without christ is in total darkness if then we have truly accepted christ we are the children of light for jesus christ is the light of this world therefore as a children of light we must show jesus to the world by the way we live our life
  • D. Isaac for verse 16
    The light of the world is Jesus. Your mission in life is to join in the Great Commission to Glorify God, to be a testimony to his son Jesus (the light of the world) to help to ellimate darkness from the world. Every soul you help to save is an acknowledgement for God's Glorious gift to us, life. When we use his power as Christians to truthfully demonstate his presence in our lives; Others will follow.
    We show gratitude for the life that was given to us so freely by the good things we do to help others acknowledge Christ.
  • Shirley for verse 16
    Whatever you do for others you don't have to go around looking for praise from other peoples. Whatever you do let it be secretly so God can be glorified. Its not about us Its all about HIM.
  • Ed Resoles for verse 16
    As a Christian, we should act in a manner that reflects our character as a true followers of Christ so others see our good works, being obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ
  • I believe as readers of the word we should be doers of the word! Not saying we will not fall but we admit to our falling and ask for forgiveness and pick the torch back up for all to see not for self glory. But for the glory to god and for all to see his mercy!