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Related Commentaries for Matthew 6
Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men : Charitable deeds is actually the word righteousness. Jesus tells us to not do righteous things for the sake of display or image to be seen by them. It is almost impossible to do spiritual things in front of others without thinking what their opinion is of us as we do those things, and how they are thinking better or worse of us as we do what we do. This does not contradict His previous command to let your light so shine before men Matthew Although Christians are to be seen doing good works, they must not do good works simply to be seen. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven : The idea is when we do righteous deeds for the attention and applause of men, their attention and applause is our reward. It is much better to receive a reward from your Father in heaven.
King James Version (KJV)
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Are ye not much better than they? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. F For they think that they will be heard for their many words. For your Father G knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. K Your will be done On earth L as it is in heaven. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. If therefore your eye is [ g ] good, your whole body will be full of light.