Matthew 6:18

That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That thou appeare not vnto men to fast, but vnto thy father which is in secret: and thy father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees {what is done} in secret will reward you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that thou be not seen of men to fast, but of thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall recompense thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So that no one may see that you are going without food, but your Father in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.
- Basic English Bible

so that thou mayest not appear fasting unto men, but to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret shall render [it] to thee.
- Darby Bible

That thou mayest not appear to men to fast, but to thy Father, who is in secret: and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
- Webster's Bible

that it may not be apparent to men that you are fasting, but to your Father who is in secret; and your Father--He who sees in secret--will recompense you.
- Weymouth Bible

so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
- World English Bible

that thou be not seen fastynge to men, but to thi fadir that is in hidlis, and thi fadir that seeth in priuey, shal yelde to thee.
- Wycliffe Bible

that thou mayest not appear to men fasting, but to thy Father who [is] in secret, and thy Father, who is seeing in secret, shall reward thee manifestly.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:18


Mt 6:18 Thy Father . . . shall reward thee. Our self-denial must be for the eyes of God, not of men.

Discussion for Matthew 6:18

  • Excellent Scripture! I do understand the concept of fasting but can someone plese teach me how? What are the rules, guidelines, etc? Can I brush my teeth during fasts, can I rinse my mouth throughout the days and nights? Please help!

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