Matthew 6:17
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New International Version
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,

New Living Translation
But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.

English Standard Version
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

Berean Study Bible
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

Berean Literal Bible
But you fasting, anoint your head and wash your face,

New American Standard Bible
"But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face

King James Bible
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when you fast, put oil on your head, and wash your face,

International Standard Version
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,

NET Bible
When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,

New Heart English Bible
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you whenever you fast, wash your face and anoint your head.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you fast, wash your face and comb your hair.

New American Standard 1977
“But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, when thou dost fast, anoint thine head, and wash thy face

King James 2000 Bible
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

American King James Version
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

American Standard Version
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face;

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, [when] fasting, anoint thy head and wash thy face,

English Revised Version
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;

Weymouth New Testament
But, whenever you fast, pour perfume on your hair and wash your face,

World English Bible
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

Young's Literal Translation
'But thou, fasting, anoint thy head, and wash thy face,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:16-18 Religious fasting is a duty required of the disciples of Christ, but it is not so much a duty itself, as a means to dispose us for other duties. Fasting is the humbling of the soul, Ps 35:13; that is the inside of the duty; let that, therefore, be thy principal care, and as to the outside of it, covet not to let it be seen. God sees in secret, and will reward openly.
Study Bible
Proper Fasting
16When you fast, do not be somber like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward. 17But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18so that your fasting will not be obvious to men, but only to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.…
Cross References
Ruth 3:3
"Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.

2 Samuel 12:20
So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate.
Treasury of Scripture

But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

anoint.

Ruth 3:3 Wash yourself therefore, and anoint you, and put your raiment on …

2 Samuel 14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched there a wise woman, and said …

Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.

Daniel 10:2,3 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks…

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