Matthew 6:16

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Moreouer, when yee fast, be not as the Hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appeare vnto men to fast: Uerily I say vnto you, they haue their reward.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites {do,} for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when you go without food, be not sad-faced as the false-hearted are. For they go about with changed looks, so that men may see that they are going without food. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.
- Basic English Bible

And when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, downcast in countenance; for they disfigure their faces, so that they may appear fasting to men: verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
- Darby Bible

Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear to men to fast. Verily, I say to you, they have their reward.
- Webster's Bible

When any of you fast, never assume gloomy looks as the hypocrites do; for they disfigure their faces in order that it may be evident to men that they are fasting. I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward.
- Weymouth Bible

Moreover when you fast, don't be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward.
- World English Bible

But whanne ye fasten, nyle ye be maad as ypocritis sorewful, for thei defacen hem silf, to seme fastyng to men; treuli Y seie to you, they han resseyued her meede.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And when ye may fast, be ye not as the hypocrites, of sour countenances, for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear to men fasting; verily I say to you, that they have their reward.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 6:16


6:16 When ye fast? - Our Lord does not enjoin either fasting, alms - deeds, or prayer: all these being duties which were before fully established in the Church of God. Disfigure - By the dust and ashes which they put upon their heads, as was usual at the times of solemn humiliation.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:16


Mt 6:16 When ye fast. This is the third example of the right and wrong way of righteousness, in contrast. The same principle of doing nothing for mere show is still insisted upon. Fasting is not wrong, and, indeed, is often blessed richly, but not when our object is to appear to men to fast. Of a sad countenance. It was common to assume a woe-begone look, put ashes upon the head, and even wear sackcloth, in order to show to the world deep humiliation. This is condemned.

Discussion for Matthew 6:16

  • Edith Okoh for verse 16
    This is command given which w have to follow. God wants us to come to him with .cheerful countance when w are fasting and not with a sad countenance, so that w will be blessed. God is good God does not want us to fast in vain.
  • Edith Okoh for verse 16
    This is command given which w have to follow. God wants us to come to him with .cheerful countance when w are fasting and not with a sad countenance, so that w will be blessed. God is good God does not want us to fast in vain.
  • I agree some what with with Precious J. Let me go over this chapter a bit more as I am still learning the WORD..
  • Precious Johnson for verse 16
    I have to disagree with the words of Wesley. God indeed does ENJOIN us to live a certain way. His word itself is a book of commandments. When he Bible reads WHEN, it is say that is WILL happen. He desires and tells us through the Basic Instructions Before Leavin Earth (BIBLE). It is up to us to follow His instructions. He merely gives us an ultimatum, "Live by my Word (Instructions, Commandments, Law...All words used to relate to the WORD), OR suffer the concequences. Bottom line is that we must do what God ENJOINS us to do in order to be what He wants us to be.

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