Matthew 6:6

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But thou when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy doore, pray to 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

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees {what is done} in secret will reward you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But when you make your prayer, go into your private room, and, shutting the door, say a prayer to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.
- Basic English Bible

But *thou*, when thou prayest, enter into thy chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who sees in secret will render [it] to thee.
- Darby Bible

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee openly.
- Webster's Bible

But you, whenever you pray, go into your own room and shut the door: then pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father--He who sees in secret--will recompense you.
- Weymouth Bible

But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
- World English Bible

But whanne thou schalt preye, entre in to thi couche, and whanne the dore is schet, preye thi fadir in hidils, and thi fadir that seeth in hidils, schal yelde to thee.
- Wycliffe Bible

`But thou, when thou mayest pray, go into thy chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who [is] in secret, and thy Father who is seeing in secret, shall reward thee manifestly.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 6:6


6:6 Enter into thy closet - That is, do it with as much secrecy as thou canst.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:6


Mt 6:6 When thou prayest, enter into thy closet. Private devotions are meant, nor is this designed to prohibit prayers in public assemblies. The Lord himself both prayed "in the mountain alone" (Mt 14:23), in the night alone (Lu 6:12), and in public in the presence of his disciples. We have records of many prayers offered by the apostles in public assemblies. "Thy closet" may mean any secret place. Peter's closet was on the house-top; the Savior's on a mountain alone.

Discussion for Matthew 6:6

  • Randy Blair for verse 6
    To Mr sighns reply:Jesus is our only mediator and does pray for us,the Holy Spirit does when we know what not to pray, and Jesus most definitely prayed for his disciples, especially Peter when He said , I have prayed for you Peter, that your faith fail not.This verse is simply saying , take time in earnest prayer alone with God
  • It stands to reason, at least to me, if the Christ said that "the kingdom of heaven is within you ,and we are instructed to go where the power of the FATHER is, which has nothing at all with your surroundings. Prey for Peace
  • Gurjit Singh for verse 6
    Closet mean secret and apart from worldly disturbance crowd,noise,praise etc.Closet mean a place where you are alone and detached from people 's activities. Shut thy door mean turn your mind from world toward God. Pray thy God is complex.According to my conclusion pray mean to beg the pardon of God for our sins and to get exemption from world for ever and to merge into God so we may not come again in this sorrowfull word.Prayer is for self exemption.So it should be done in mind by self.If other can pray for us than Christ had the easy way for our exemption.Christ told us the way of praying but couldnot pray for us because it is against the divine law.
  • Johnstone Muumbi for verse 6
    Closet should be internal as well as external to avoid distractions.
  • Mae Garrett for verse 6
    I think it means a special private place that you choose where you can talk to God just you and him. My special place is my walk in closet in my bedroom. I can tell you from experince he will do just what he said in his word.What you ask in secret he will reward you openly.
  • Wangatia for verse 6
    Closet means ' shutting out any distractions'

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