Matthew 4:16
New International Version
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."

New Living Translation
the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.”

English Standard Version
the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

Berean Study Bible
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.”

Berean Literal Bible
the people sitting in darkness have seen a great light, and to those sitting in the land and shadow of death, a light has dawned on them."

New American Standard Bible
"THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED."

King James Bible
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Christian Standard Bible
The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.

Contemporary English Version
Although your people live in darkness, they will see a bright light. Although they live in the shadow of death, a light will shine on them."

Good News Translation
The people who live in darkness will see a great light. On those who live in the dark land of death the light will shine."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.

International Standard Version
The people living in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the land and shadow of death, a light has risen."

NET Bible
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned."

New Heart English Bible
the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“The people who sat in the darkness have seen The Great Light, and those who were sitting in the region and in the shadow of death, to them The Light has dawned.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. A light has risen for those who live in a land overshadowed by death."

New American Standard 1977
“THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND TO THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
the people who sat in darkness saw great light, and to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.

King James 2000 Bible
The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.

American King James Version
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

American Standard Version
The people that sat in darkness Saw a great light, And to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, To them did light spring up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up.

Darby Bible Translation
-- the people sitting in darkness has seen a great light, and to those sitting in [the] country and shadow of death, to them has light sprung up.

English Revised Version
The people which sat in darkness Saw a great light, And to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, To them did light spring up.

Webster's Bible Translation
The people who sat in darkness, saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shades of death, light hath arisen.

Weymouth New Testament
The people who were dwelling in darkness have seen a brilliant light; and on those who were dwelling in the region of the shadow of death, on them light has dawned."

World English Bible
the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned."

Young's Literal Translation
the people that is sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those sitting in a region and shadow of death -- light arose to them.'
Study Bible
Jesus Begins His Ministry
15“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” 17From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:1
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those in distress. In the past He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future He will honor the Way to the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:

Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.

Isaiah 60:1
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.

Luke 1:79
to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."

Luke 2:32
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel."

Treasury of Scripture

The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

which sat in darkness.

Psalm 107:10-14
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; …

Isaiah 42:6,7
I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; …

Isaiah 60:1-3
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee…

shadow.

Job 3:5
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

Job 10:22
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Job 34:22
There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.







Lexicon
the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine 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.

people
λαὸς (laos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2992: Apparently a primary word; a people.

living
καθήμενος (kathēmenos)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2521: To sit, be seated, enthroned; I dwell, reside. From kata; and hemai; to sit down; figuratively, to remain, reside.

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.

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

have seen
εἶδεν (eiden)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

[a] great
μέγα (mega)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

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

on those
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine 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.

living
καθημένοις (kathēmenois)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2521: To sit, be seated, enthroned; I dwell, reside. From kata; and hemai; to sit down; figuratively, to remain, reside.

in [the]
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.

land
χώρᾳ (chōra)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5561: Feminine of a derivative of the base of chasma through the idea of empty expanse; room, i.e. A space of territory.

[of the] shadow
σκιᾷ (skia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4639: Apparently a primary word; 'shade' or a shadow (darkness of error or an adumbration).

of death,
θανάτου (thanatou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2288: Death, physical or spiritual. From thnesko; death.

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

has dawned.”
ἀνέτειλεν (aneteilen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 393: To make to rise, I rise, shine (generally of the sun, and hence met.). From ana and the base of telos; to arise.
Verse 16. - The people which sat; "who walk" (Hebrew). Saw great light; saw a great light (Revised Version); unnecessarily except as a matter of English, for it can hardly mean a definite light, Messiah. Φῶς both here and in the next clause means light as such. And to them which sat. So the Hebrew, but the LXX. generally οἱ κατοικοῦντες. In the region and shadow of death. The region where death abides, and where it casts its thickest shade. The Hebrew is simply "in the land of the shadow of death" (בארצ צלמות, according to the traditional interpretation), which the present LXX. (Vatican) probably represents (ἐν χώρᾳ σκιᾷ θανάτου) , the ς of σκιᾶς having been misread before θ. But copyists, not understanding this, inserted καὶ between χώρᾳ and σκιᾷ (as in A), and this reading became popularly known, and was used by the evangelist. That the reading of A was derived from the evangelist is unlikely, for the reading σκιᾷ must, at all events, have been before his time. Light is sprung up; to them, did light spring up (Revised Version); ἀνέτειλεν. The tense emphasizes not the abiding effect (e.g. in the fact that so many of the disciples were Galilaeans), but the moment of his appearance. The father of the Baptist also remembered this passage of Isaiah (Luke 1:78, 79, where cf. Godet). 4:12-17 It is just with God to take the gospel and the means of grace, from those that slight them and thrust them away. Christ will not stay long where he is not welcome. Those who are without Christ, are in the dark. They were sitting in this condition, a contented posture; they chose it rather than light; they were willingly ignorant. When the gospel comes, light comes; when it comes to any place, when it comes to any soul, it makes day there. Light discovers and directs; so does the gospel. The doctrine of repentance is right gospel doctrine. Not only the austere John Baptist, but the gracious Jesus, preached repentance. There is still the same reason to do so. The kingdom of heaven was not reckoned to be fully come, till the pouring out of the Holy Spirit after Christ's ascension.
Jump to Previous
Arisen Brilliant Country Darkness Dawn Dawned Death Dwelling Great Light Region Sat Shade Shades Shadow Sitting Spring Sprung
Jump to Next
Arisen Brilliant Country Darkness Dawn Dawned Death Dwelling Great Light Region Sat Shade Shades Shadow Sitting Spring Sprung
Links
Matthew 4:16 NIV
Matthew 4:16 NLT
Matthew 4:16 ESV
Matthew 4:16 NASB
Matthew 4:16 KJV

Matthew 4:16 Bible Apps
Matthew 4:16 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 4:16 Chinese Bible
Matthew 4:16 French Bible
Matthew 4:16 German Bible

Alphabetical: a And darkness dawned death great has have in land light living of on people saw seen shadow sitting the them those Upon were who

NT Gospels: Matthew 4:16 The people who sat in darkness saw (Matt. Mat Mt) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Matthew 4:15
Top of Page
Top of Page