Matthew 6:23
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New International Version
But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

New Living Translation
But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

English Standard Version
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Berean Study Bible
But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Berean Literal Bible
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

New American Standard Bible
"But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

King James Bible
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness--how deep is that darkness!

International Standard Version
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light within you has turned into darkness, how great is that darkness!"

NET Bible
But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

New Heart English Bible
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if your eye shall be bad, your entire body will be darkness; if therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great will be your darkness!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light in you is darkness, how dark it will be!

New American Standard 1977
“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if thine eye is evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in thee is darkness, how great is that darkness!

King James 2000 Bible
But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!

American King James Version
But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!

American Standard Version
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if thy eye be evil thy whole body shall be darksome. If then the light that is in thee, be darkness: the darkness itself how great shall it be!

Darby Bible Translation
but if thine eye be wicked, thy whole body will be dark. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great the darkness!

English Revised Version
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!

Webster's Bible Translation
But if thy eye be evil, thy whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Weymouth New Testament
but if your eyesight is bad, your whole body will be dark. If however the very light within you is darkness, how dense must the darkness be!

World English Bible
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Young's Literal Translation
but if thine eye may be evil, all thy body shall be dark; if, therefore, the light that is in thee is darkness -- the darkness, how great!
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:19-24 Worldly-mindedness is a common and fatal symptom of hypocrisy, for by no sin can Satan have a surer and faster hold of the soul, under the cloak of a profession of religion. Something the soul will have, which it looks upon as the best thing; in which it has pleasure and confidence above other things. Christ counsels to make our best things the joys and glories of the other world, those things not seen which are eternal, and to place our happiness in them. There are treasures in heaven. It is our wisdom to give all diligence to make our title to eternal life sure through Jesus Christ, and to look on all things here below, as not worthy to be compared with it, and to be content with nothing short of it. It is happiness above and beyond the changes and chances of time, an inheritance incorruptible. The worldly man is wrong in his first principle; therefore all his reasonings and actions therefrom must be wrong. It is equally to be applied to false religion; that which is deemed light is thick darkness. This is an awful, but a common case; we should therefore carefully examine our leading principles by the word of God, with earnest prayer for the teaching of his Spirit. A man may do some service to two masters, but he can devote himself to the service of no more than one. God requires the whole heart, and will not share it with the world. When two masters oppose each other, no man can serve both. He who holds to the world and loves it, must despise God; he who loves God, must give up the friendship of the world.
Study Bible
The Lamp of the Body
22The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Matthew 20:15
Do I not have the right to do as I please with what is mine? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

Mark 7:22
greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness.

Luke 11:34
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your vision is clear, your whole body also is full of light. But when it is poor, your body is full of darkness.
Treasury of Scripture

But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!

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Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye …

Isaiah 44:18-20 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, that …

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil …

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

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

1 John 2:11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, …

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Matthew 23:16 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Isaiah 5:20,21 Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness …

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

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Jeremiah 8:8,9 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? …

Luke 8:10 And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom …

John 9:39-41 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they …

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 2:17-23 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God…

1 Corinthians 1:18-20 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

1 Corinthians 3:18,19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

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