Compare Matthew 5:16 in Four Translations


Matthew 5:16 GW

In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
King James Version (KJV)
Word-for-Word (Form Equivalence)



In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
New International Version (NIV)
Thought-for-Thought (Function Equivalence)

Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.
The Living Bible (TLB)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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1 comment

  • Gail Romano

    As we understand that God goes before us; and stands beside us, and He walks behind us… then we realize that God never sends is into a situation alone.
    Now we can be confident that God is with us in whatever situation we have right now.
    That confidence shines forth and is attractive to others. God is with you.

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