Matthew 6:22

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light.

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Matthew 6:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
ESV
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
NLT
22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
MSG
22 "Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.
CSB
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

Matthew 6:22 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 6:22

The light of the body is the eye
Or, the "candle of the body is the eye"; for the eye is that in the body, as a candle is in the house; by the light of it, the several members of the body perform their office; and what is said of the eye of the body, is transferred to the eye of the mind:

if therefore thine eye be single:
that is, if thy mind be liberal, generous, and bountiful: for Christ is still upon the same subject of liberality, and against covetousness; and here speaks entirely in the language of the Jews, who could easily understand him; in whose writings we read of three sorts of eyes; a good eye, a middling one, and an evil one; so in the offerings of the first fruits F19,

``(hpy Nye) , "a good eye" gave the fortieth, the house Shammai say, the thirtieth part; a middling one, the fiftieth; and an evil one, the sixtieth part.''

Upon which the commentators say F20, a "good eye" means one that is liberal, and an "evil eye" the contrary: hence you often read F21 of "trading, dedicating", and "giving with a good" or "an evil eye"; that is, either generously, liberally, or in a niggardly and grudging manner; which may help us to the sense of our Lord in these words; whose meaning is, that if a man is not covetous, but his mind is disposed to generosity and liberality; if this be the case, as if he should say,

thy whole body shall be full of light:
all thy actions will be influenced by this noble principle; thy whole life will be illuminated, guided and governed by it; thy mind will be cheerful and pleasant, and thy estate and condition will be prosperous and successful.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 Misn. Trumot, c. 4. sect. 3.
F20 Maimon. Bartenora & Ez. Chayim in ib.
F21 T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 37. 2. & 71. 1. & 72. 1.

Matthew 6:22 In-Context

20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light.
23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Greek for "healthy" here implies "generous" .
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