Matthew 4:16
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New International Version
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."

New Living Translation
the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined."

English Standard Version
the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

Berean Study Bible
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned."

Berean Literal Bible
the people sitting in darkness have seen a great light, and to those sitting in the land and shadow of death, a light has dawned on them."

New American Standard Bible
"THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED."

King James Bible
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.

International Standard Version
The people living in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the land and shadow of death, a light has risen."

NET Bible
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“The people who sat in the darkness have seen The Great Light, and those who were sitting in the region and in the shadow of death, to them The Light has dawned.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. A light has risen for those who live in a land overshadowed by death."

New American Standard 1977
“THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT,
            AND TO THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH,
            UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
the people who sat in darkness saw great light, and to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.

King James 2000 Bible
The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.

American King James Version
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

American Standard Version
The people that sat in darkness Saw a great light, And to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, To them did light spring up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up.

Darby Bible Translation
-- the people sitting in darkness has seen a great light, and to those sitting in [the] country and shadow of death, to them has light sprung up.

English Revised Version
The people which sat in darkness Saw a great light, And to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, To them did light spring up.

Webster's Bible Translation
The people who sat in darkness, saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shades of death, light hath arisen.

Weymouth New Testament
The people who were dwelling in darkness have seen a brilliant light; and on those who were dwelling in the region of the shadow of death, on them light has dawned."

World English Bible
the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned."

Young's Literal Translation
the people that is sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those sitting in a region and shadow of death -- light arose to them.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:12-17 It is just with God to take the gospel and the means of grace, from those that slight them and thrust them away. Christ will not stay long where he is not welcome. Those who are without Christ, are in the dark. They were sitting in this condition, a contented posture; they chose it rather than light; they were willingly ignorant. When the gospel comes, light comes; when it comes to any place, when it comes to any soul, it makes day there. Light discovers and directs; so does the gospel. The doctrine of repentance is right gospel doctrine. Not only the austere John Baptist, but the gracious Jesus, preached repentance. There is still the same reason to do so. The kingdom of heaven was not reckoned to be fully come, till the pouring out of the Holy Spirit after Christ's ascension.
Study Bible
Jesus Begins His Ministry
15“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” 17From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:1
But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

Isaiah 9:2
The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

Isaiah 60:1
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

Luke 1:79
to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."

Luke 2:32
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel."
Treasury of Scripture

The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

which sat in darkness.

Psalm 107:10-14 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in …

Isaiah 42:6,7 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, …

Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is …

Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when …

Luke 1:78,79 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on …

Luke 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

shadow.

Job 3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell …

Job 10:22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, …

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity …

Psalm 44:19 Though you have sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered …

Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before …

Amos 5:8 Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow …

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