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 daylight; 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!

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.

New King James Version
“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.

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

NASB 1995
“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

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

Amplified Bible
What I say to you in the dark (privately), tell in the light (publicly); and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops [to many people].

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Literal Standard Version
that which I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light, and that which you hear at the ear, proclaim on 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 daylight; 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 the burden against 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…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

I tell
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 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 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 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 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 4653: Darkness; fig: spiritual darkness. From skotos; dimness, obscurity.

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

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 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 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 5457: Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

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

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

in
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 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 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 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 2784: To proclaim, herald, preach. Of uncertain affinity; to herald, especially divine truth.

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

the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 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 1430: The roof (of a house), the top of the house. From demo; properly, an edifice, i.e. a roof.


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