Matthew 5:14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
ESV
14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
NLT
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
MSG
14 "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.
CSB
14 "You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14-16 In-Context

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Cross References 5

  • 1. John 8:12
  • 2. Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; Luke 11:33
  • 3. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 1:11
  • 4. S Titus 2:14
  • 5. S Matthew 9:8
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