Matthew 10:27
New International Version
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.

New Living Translation
What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!

English Standard Version
What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

Berean Study Bible
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.

Berean Literal Bible
What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops!

New American Standard Bible
"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

King James Bible
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Christian Standard Bible
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops.

Contemporary English Version
Whatever I say to you in the dark, you must tell in the light. And you must announce from the housetops whatever I have whispered to you.

Good News Translation
What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops.

International Standard Version
What I tell you in darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops.

NET Bible
What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.

New Heart English Bible
What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whatever I tell you in the darkness, say it in the light, and whatever you hear with your ears, preach on the rooftops.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell in the daylight what I say to you in the dark. Shout from the housetops what you hear whispered.

New American Standard 1977
“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

Jubilee Bible 2000
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light, and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye from the housetops.

King James 2000 Bible
What I tell you in darkness, that speak in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach upon the housetops.

American King James Version
What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach you on the housetops.

American Standard Version
What I tell you in the darkness, speak ye in the light; and what ye hear in the ear, proclaim upon the house-tops.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops.

Darby Bible Translation
What I say to you in darkness speak in the light, and what ye hear in the ear preach upon the houses.

English Revised Version
What I tell you in the darkness, speak ye in the light: and what ye hear in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

Webster's Bible Translation
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that publish ye upon the house-tops.

Weymouth New Testament
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what is whispered into your ear, proclaim upon the roofs of the houses.

World English Bible
What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.

Young's Literal Translation
that which I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light, and that which you hear at the ear, proclaim on the house-tops.
Study Bible
Fear God Alone
26So do not be afraid of them. For there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.…
Cross References
Isaiah 22:1
This is an oracle concerning the Valley of Vision: What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the rooftops,

Matthew 24:17
Let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve anything from his house.

Luke 12:3
What you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.

Acts 5:20
"Go, stand in the temple courts and tell the people the full message of this new life."

Treasury of Scripture

What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach you on the housetops.

I tell.

Matthew 13:1-17,34,35
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side…

Luke 8:10
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

John 16:1,13,25,29
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended…

that preach.

Proverbs 1:20-23
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: …

Proverbs 8:1-5
Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? …

Acts 5:20,28
Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life…







Lexicon
What
(ho)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

I tell
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

dark,
σκοτίᾳ (skotia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4653: Darkness; fig: spiritual darkness. From skotos; dimness, obscurity.

speak
εἴπατε (eipate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

light;
φωτί (phōti)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5457: Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

what
(ho)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

is whispered
ἀκούετε (akouete)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

in
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

[your]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

ear,
οὖς (ous)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3775: (a) the ear, (b) met: the faculty of perception. Apparently a primary word; the ear.

proclaim
κηρύξατε (kēryxate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2784: To proclaim, herald, preach. Of uncertain affinity; to herald, especially divine truth.

from
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

housetops.
δωμάτων (dōmatōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1430: The roof (of a house), the top of the house. From demo; properly, an edifice, i.e. a roof.
(27) What I tell you in darkness.--The words point to our Lord's method of teaching, as well as to the fact of its being esoteric, and disclosed only to the chosen few, and to them only as they were "able to bear it" (John 16:12). Parables, and dark sayings, and whispered hints, and many-sided proverbs, were among the forms by which He led them on to truth. They, in their work as teachers, were not to shrink through any fear of man from giving publicity to what they had thus learnt. To "proclaim on the housetops"--the flat roofs of which were often actually used by criers and heralds for their announcements--is, of course, a natural figure for the fullest boldness and freedom in their preaching.

Verse 27. - The parallel passage, Luke 12:3, is verbally similar, but of reverse meaning. In Matthew it is a charge to the disciples to proclaim publicly what Christ tells them privately; in Luke it is a statement that what they say privately shall be proclaimed publicly. St. Luke gives only another side of the preceding verse; St. Matthew, a fresh point. The connexion with ver. 26 is - Do not cover up your relation to me, but say out bravely the message that I give you. What I tell you. There is no limitation to the time. Those who believe in the present life of Christ and in the reality of present communications from him cannot fail to see here both the true source of their messages as preachers and the necessity of faithfulness to those messages. Observe that the stress is not upon the personality of the Speaker, but upon the communication (λέγω, not ἐγὼ λέγω). In (the, Revised Version) darkness... in (the, Revised Version) light. Both are pictured to the mind. And what ye hear in the ear (εἰς τὸ οϋς). Possibly a reference to the habit of Jewish rabbis sometimes whispering their teaching in the ear of an "interpreter," who repeated it aloud for all to hear (cf. Lightfoot, 'Hor. Hebr.'), but more probably only the common figure of speech for secret instruction; cf. Talm. Bab., 'Berach.,' 22a, "Nahum of Gamzo, whispered it to. R. Akiba, and R. Akiba whispered it to Ben Azai, and Ben Azai went out and taught it to his disciples in the street." Compare also the Old Testament phrase, "uncover the ear" (1 Samuel 9:15, used of God; 1 Samuel 20:2,12, 13, used of man). That preach ye; proclaim (Revised Version); κηρύξατε. Upon the house-tops. Lightfoot ('Hor. Hebr.') thinks that this is an allusion to the minister of a synagogue blowing a trumpet on the roof of a high house to announce the sabbath; but that was a mere signal of a fact (σαλπίζω), not the articulate expression of a communication (κηρύσσω). The phrase much more probably alludes to the fact that the roofs in Eastern cities are the common place for conversation, and to the rapidity with which an announcement there made spreads throughout the town. 10:16-42 Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind. The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken through from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With these predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial. The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted as serpents, and their ruin is sought, and they need the serpent's wisdom. Be ye harmless as doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will. Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; let this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more how to do well, than how to speak well. In case of great peril, the disciples of Christ may go out of the way of danger, though they must not go out of the way of duty. No sinful, unlawful means may be used to escape; for then it is not a door of God's opening. The fear of man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God's love to them, or theirs to him. Fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, Ac 20:27. Christ shows them why they should be of good cheer. Their sufferings witnessed against those who oppose his gospel. When God calls us to speak for him, we may depend on him to teach us what to say. A believing prospect of the end of our troubles, will be of great use to support us under them. They may be borne to the end, because the sufferers shall be borne up under them. The strength shall be according to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doing Christ's work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See how the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows. This should silence all the fears of God's people; Ye are of more value than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him. That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ's disciples be ever so small, yet if there be occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted. Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit any thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.
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