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,
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CommentaryBarnes' 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.
LibraryJune 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).
Hearts and Treasures
"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.
so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
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