Matthew 5:16
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New International Version
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

New Living Translation
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

English Standard Version
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

New American Standard Bible
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

King James Bible
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

International Standard Version
In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven."

NET Bible
In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Thus your light will shine before the children of men that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

American King James Version
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

American Standard Version
Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Let your light thus shine before men, so that they may see your upright works, and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.

English Revised Version
Even so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
Just so let your light shine before all men, in order that they may see your holy lives and may give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.

World English Bible
Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in the heavens.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth. Mankind, lying in ignorance and wickedness, were as a vast heap, ready to putrify; but Christ sent forth his disciples, by their lives and doctrines to season it with knowledge and grace. If they are not such as they should be, they are as salt that has lost its savour. If a man can take up the profession of Christ, and yet remain graceless, no other doctrine, no other means, can make him profitable. Our light must shine, by doing such good works as men may see. What is between God and our souls, must be kept to ourselves; but that which is of itself open to the sight of men, we must study to make suitable to our profession, and praiseworthy. We must aim at the glory of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Matthew only. Let your light so shine; even so let your light shine (Revised Version); οὕτως λαμψὰτω τὸ φῶς ὑμῶν. The Revised Version (cf. Rheims) does away with the misinterpretation suggested by the Authorized Version, "so that," for οὕτως refers solely to the method of shining spoken of in ver. 15, "like a burning lamp upon its stand" (Meyer). Our Lord has here no thought of effort in shining, such as may improve the brightness of the light given, or of illuminating others, but of not concealing what light the disciples have. (For a similar οὕτως, cf. 1 Corinthians 9:24.) Yet remember, "A lamp for one is a lamp for a hundred" (Talm. Bab., 'Sabb.,' 122a) and "Adam was the lamp of the world" (Talm. Jeremiah, 'Sabb.,' 2:4 - a play on Proverbs 20:27). Your light. Either genitive of apposition, the light which you are (Achelis), cf. ver. 14; or genitive of possession, the light of which you are the trusted possessors (Meyer, Weiss). The latter is preferable, as the disciples have, in ver. 15, been compared to the lamp, i.e. the light-bearer. Before men (ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων). More than ἐνώπιον, "in presence of," for the position of the lamp "in front of" the people is what our Lord is here emphasizing (cf. John 12:37). That they may see your good works (u(mw = n τὰ καλὰ ἔργα). Your. Three times in this verse. Our Lord lays stress on personal possession of light, personal action, personal relationship and origin. Good works; i.e. of your lives generally (Weiss-Meyer), not ministerially (Mever). "Noble works, works which by their generous and attractive character win the natural admiration of men" (Bishop Westcott, on Hebrews 10:24). And glorify. This is actually done in ch. 9:8; 15:31. St. Peter's language (1 Peter 2:12) is probably due to a reminiscence of our Lord's words. Your Father which is in heaven. The Fatherhood of God is here predicated in a special sense of the disciples, in the same way as the Fatherhood of God is, in the Old Testament, always connected with his covenant relation to his people as a nation (cf. Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 3:4; Deuteronomy 32:6). Our Lord here is not thinking of the original relation of God to being and especially to humanity, in virtue of man's creation in the Divine image (ὁ πατήρ), but of the relation into which the disciples have entered through the revelation of God in Christ; cf. further Bishop Westcott, on John 4:21 (Add. Note) and on 1 John 1:2 (Add. Note); also Weiss, 'Life,' 2:348. The phrase, which occurs here for the first time in St. Matthew (but cf. ver. 9, note), henceforth occurs frequently, becoming of great importance for this Gospel (cf. vers. 45, 48; Matthew 6:1, 9, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let your light so shine before men,.... Here Christ applies the foregoing simile to his disciples, and more fully opens the meaning and design of it. His sense is this; that the light of the Gospel, which he had communicated to them, the spiritual knowledge of the mysteries of grace, which he had favoured them with, were to be openly declared, and made manifest before men. Light was not given merely for their own private use, but for the public good of mankind; and therefore, as they were placed as lights in the world, they were to hold forth, in the most open and conspicuous manner, the word of light and life:

that they may see your good works: meaning their zeal and fervency; their plainness and openness; their sincerity, faithfulness, and integrity; their courage and intrepidity; their diligence, industry, and indefatigableness in preaching the Gospel; their strict regard to truth, the honour of Christ, and the good of souls; as also their very great care and concern to recommend the doctrines of grace, by their example in their lives and conversations:

and glorify your Father which is in heaven; that is, that when the ministration of the Gospel has been blessed, for the illumination of the minds of men, to a thorough conviction of their state; and for their regeneration, conversion, sanctification, and comfort; they may give praise to God, and bless his name for qualifying and sending such Gospel ministers to show unto them the way of salvation; and that the word has been made useful to them for communicating spiritual light, life, joy, and comfort, , "Our and your Father which is in heaven", is a name, appellation, or periphrasis of God, frequently used by Jewish writers (s); and is often expressed by Christ in these his sermons on the mount.

(s) Vid. Misn. Sota, c. 9. sect. 15. & Yoma, c. 8. sect. 9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven—As nobody lights a lamp only to cover it up, but places it so conspicuously as to give light to all who need light, so Christians, being the light of the world, instead of hiding their light, are so to hold it forth before men that they may see what a life the disciples of Christ lead, and seeing this, may glorify their Father for so redeeming, transforming, and ennobling earth's sinful children, and opening to themselves the way to like redemption and transformation.

Matthew 5:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Salt and Light
15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Cross References
Matthew 9:8
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

John 15:8
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

1 Peter 2:12
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Treasury of Scripture

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

your light.

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

Isaiah 58:8 Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health …

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

Romans 13:11-14 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: …

Philippians 2:15,16 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare …

that.

Matthew 6:1-5,16 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: …

Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad …

Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

1 Timothy 2:10 But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Timothy 5:10,25 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

Titus 2:7,14 In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine …

Titus 3:4,7,8,14 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared…

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:1,16 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

and.

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for …

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall …

1 Corinthians 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling …

2 Corinthians 9:13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for …

Galatians 1:24 And they glorified God in me.

2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints…

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 4:11,14 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man …

your Father.

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for …

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, …

Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, …

Luke 11:2 And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in …

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