Matthew 6:16-18

Fasting

16 "And 1when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. 2Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
17 But when you fast, 3anoint your head and wash your face,
18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. 4And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18 In-Context

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 "And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

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