Matthew 6:3
Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
"But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

King James Bible
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand does;

World English Bible
But when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does,

Young's Literal Translation
'But thou, doing kindness, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth,

Matthew 6:3 Parallel
Commentary
Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Let not thy left hand know ... - This is a proverbial expression, signifying that the action should be done as secretly as possible. The Hebrews often attribute actions to members which properly belong to persons. The encouragement for performing our acts of charity in secret is that it will be pleasing to God; that he will see the act, however secret it may be, and will openly reward it. If the reward is not granted in this life, it will be in the life to come. In multitudes of cases, however, alms given to the poor are "lent to the Lord" Proverbs 19:17, and will be repaid in this life. Rarely, perhaps never, has it been found that the man who is liberal to the poor has ever suffered by it in his worldly circumstances.

Matthew 6:3 Parallel Commentaries

Library
June 16. "Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon" (Matt. vi. 24).
"Ye cannot serve God and Mammon" (Matt. vi. 24). He does not say ye cannot very well serve God and mammon, but ye cannot serve two masters at all. Ye shall be sure to end by serving one. The man who thinks he is serving God a little is deceived; he is not serving God. God will not have his service. The devil will monopolize him before he gets through. A divided heart loses both worlds. Saul tried it. Balaam tried it. Judas tried it, and they all made a desperate failure. Mary had but one choice.
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

June 10. "Your Heavenly Father Knoweth Ye have Need" (Matt. vi. 32).
"Your heavenly Father knoweth ye have need" (Matt. vi. 32). Christ makes no less of our trust for temporal things than He does for spiritual things. He places a good deal of emphasis upon it. Why? Simply because it is harder to trust God for them. In spiritual matters we can fool ourselves, and think that we are trusting when we are not; but we cannot do so about rent and food, and the needs of our body. They must come or our faith fails. It is easy to say that we trust Him in things that are a long
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Hearts and Treasures
'For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.'--MATT. vi. 21. 'Your treasure' is probably not the same as your neighbour's. It is yours, whether you possess it or not, because you love it. For what our Lord means here by 'treasure' is not merely money, or material good, but whatever each man thinks best, that which he most eagerly strives to attain, that which he most dreads to lose, that which, if he has, he thinks he will be blessed, that which, if he has it not, he knows he is discontented.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Solitary Prayer
'Enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret,'--MATT. vi. 6. An old heathen who had come to a certain extent under the influence of Christ, called prayer 'the flight of the solitary to the Solitary.' There is a deep truth in that, though not all the truth. Prayer is not only the most intensely individual act that a man can perform, but it is also the highest social act. Christ came not to carry solitary souls by a solitary pathway to heaven, but
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Matthew 6:2
"So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

Matthew 6:4
so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Jump to Previous
Alms Charity Deeds Hand Kindness Merciful Money Needy Perceive Poor Right Thou
Jump to Next
Alms Charity Deeds Hand Kindness Merciful Money Needy Perceive Poor Right Thou
Links
Matthew 6:3 NIV
Matthew 6:3 NLT
Matthew 6:3 ESV
Matthew 6:3 NASB
Matthew 6:3 KJV

Matthew 6:3 Bible Apps
Matthew 6:3 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 6:3 Chinese Bible
Matthew 6:3 French Bible
Matthew 6:3 German Bible

Matthew 6:3 Commentaries

Bible Hub
Matthew 6:2
Top of Page
Top of Page