Luke 11:36
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New International Version
Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you."

New Living Translation
If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light."

English Standard Version
If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

Berean Study Bible
So if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it in darkness, you will be radiant, as though a lamp were shining on you."

Berean Literal Bible
If therefore your body is full of light, not having any part dark, it will be all light, as when the lamp shining might light you."

New American Standard Bible
"If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays."

King James Bible
If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you."

International Standard Version
Now if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays."

NET Bible
If then your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you."

New Heart English Bible
If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But if your whole body is enlightened, and there is no darkened part, it shall be shining entirely like a lamp giving you light by its flame”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If your whole body is full of light and not darkness, it will be as bright as a lamp shining on you."

New American Standard 1977
“If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it shall be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thy whole body therefore is full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light as when the bright shining of a lamp doth give thee light.

King James 2000 Bible
If your whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp does give you light.

American King James Version
If your whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle does give you light.

American Standard Version
If therefore thy whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining doth give thee light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then thy whole body be lightsome, having no part of darkness; the whole shall be lightsome; and as a bright lamp, shall enlighten thee.

Darby Bible Translation
If therefore thy whole body [is] light, not having any part dark, it shall be all light as when the lamp lights thee with its brightness.

English Revised Version
If therefore thy whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining doth give thee light.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light; as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

Weymouth New Testament
If, however, your whole body is penetrated with light, and has no part dark, it will be so lighted, all of it, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light."

World English Bible
If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light."

Young's Literal Translation
if then thy whole body is lightened, not having any part darkened, the whole shall be lightened, as when the lamp by the brightness may give thee light.'
Study Bible
The Lamp of the Body
35Be careful, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36So if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it in darkness, you will be radiant, as though a lamp were shining on you.” 37As Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee invited Him to dine with him; so He went in and reclined at the table.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:15
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Luke 11:35
Be careful, then, that the light within you is not darkness.

Luke 11:37
As Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee invited Him to dine with him; so He went in and reclined at the table.
Treasury of Scripture

If your whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle does give you light.

the whole.

Psalm 119:97-105 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day…

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding …

Proverbs 2:1-11 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 4:18,19 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs …

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward …

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Matthew 13:11,12,52 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Mark 4:24,25 And he said to them, Take heed what you hear: with what measure you …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried …

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age…

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

the bright shining of a candle. Gr. a candle by its bright shining.

(36) If thy whole body therefore be full of light.--The statement reads at first like an identical proposition. "If thy whole body be full of light, it shall be full of light all over." The apparent truism is, however, the most expressive utterance of a truth. If the "whole body"--life in all its various manifestations--is illumined by the divine light; if the character is in its measure perfect, as that of the Father is perfect, who is Light, and in whom is no darkness at all (1John 1:5); if passion, prejudice, ignorance are no longer there--then that character is . . ." We expect to hear something else as a climax of praise, but there is no higher word possible; the whole character is "full of light," illumined, flooded by the eternal Light.

Verse 36. - If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. The Lord here completes his allegory, still preserving the same images, with a sketch of the condition of a holy and humble man of heart, who with a "single eye," that is, honestly, trustfully, lovingly, has looked upon the sign and believed. Godet's comment on this hard and mystic saying of the Blessed is very beautiful: "When, through the fact of the clearness of thine eye, thy whole body shall be penetrated with light, without there being in thee the least trace of darkness, then the phenomenon which will be wrought in thee will resemble what takes place on thy body when it is placed in the rays of a luminous focus. Jesus means that from the inward part of a perfectly sanctified man there rays forth a splendor which glorifies the external man, as when he is shone upon from without. It is glory as the result of holiness. The phenomenon described here by Jesus is no other than that which was realized in himself on the occasion of his transfiguration, and which he now applies to all believers." There is little doubt that this teaching had been spoken by the Master on one, if not on more than one, previous occasion. In St. Matthew's report, in almost identical language (Matthew 5:15 and Matthew 6:22), the immediate application was different, and the reference of the lamp put in a prominent place was not to the Resurrection. If thy whole body therefore be full of light,.... That is, if the whole soul, as the Ethiopic version reads, be full of Gospel light, through the illuminating influences of the blessed Spirit accompanying the word:

having no part dark; every power and faculty of the soul being affected with it, and influenced by it, though, as yet, the light and knowledge of evangelical things is not perfect in any:

the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light; the whole soul shall be as full of light and joy, which the Gospel always brings with it, as a room is full of light, when a candle is lighted, and shines brightly, and burns clearly in it. 11:29-36 Christ promised that there should be one sign more given, even the sign of Jonah the prophet; which in Matthew is explained, as meaning the resurrection of Christ; and he warned them to improve this sign. But though Christ himself were the constant preacher in any congregation, and worked miracles daily among them, yet unless his grace humbled their hearts, they would not profit by his word. Let us not desire more evidence and fuller teaching than the Lord is pleased to afford us. We should pray without ceasing that our hearts and understandings may be opened, that we may profit by the light we enjoy. And especially take heed that the light which is in us be not darkness; for if our leading principles be wrong, our judgment and practice must become more so.
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