Matthew 6:3

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But when thou doest almes, let not thy left hand know, what thy right doeth:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But when you give money, let not your left hand see what your right hand does:
- Basic English Bible

But thou, when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand does;
- Darby Bible

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
- Webster's Bible

But when you are giving in charity, let not your left hand perceive what your right hand is doing,
- Weymouth Bible

But when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does,
- World English Bible

But whanne thou doist almes, knowe not thi left hond what thi riyt hond doith, that thin almes be in hidils,
- Wycliffe Bible

`But thou, doing kindness, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 6:3


6:3 Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth - A proverbial expression for doing a thing secretly. Do it as secretly as is consistent, With the doing it at all. With the doing it in the most effectual manner.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:3


Mt 6:3 Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. A strong expression to indicate that there must be no publishing of our alms deeds.

Discussion for Matthew 6:3

  • Christ was instructing His disciples the right way of giving alms. Giving in full view of the public, to be noticed of them, is showing off of one's "righteousness", and that will create pride within. But when no one is watching, except God in Heaven, it will develop a benevolent character of giving. Our motives are what God weighs. It is not really about how much one gives, but about how one gives! That does not mean that we give less. He who loves his neighbor as himself will give liberally.
  • that we dont let flesh overtaken us.and not going and let people no what u r doing for others.let God get the glory.watever u doing for a person do it unto God with love and good intentions
  • Larry richards for verse 3
    I think the meaning is clear and unmistakable. Jesus uses body parts to represent people, just as He taught Paul to repeat in First Corinthians 12. The left hand is a person (or member of the Church, or perhaps one of His disciples) and the right hand is another person. Therefore, should Matthew be the left and Mark the right; He means "Matthew, do not divulge the amount of your alms and same for you, Mark. Keep it secret".
  • By not quoting the whole verse and explaining the meaning of the whole verse the real meaning is lost

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