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Matthew 6:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But thou, when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand does;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, thou, when doing an alms, let not, thy left hand, know what thy right hand is doing;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'But thou, doing kindness, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But when thou doest almes, let not thy left hand know, what thy right doeth:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But thou, when thou art doing thy alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But thou, when doing alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
when thou 4675
{4675} Prime
σοῦ
sou
{soo}
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
doest 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
alms, 1654
{1654} Prime
ἐλεημοσύνη
eleemosune
{el-eh-ay-mos-oo'-nay}
From G1656; compassionateness, that is, (as exercised towards the poor) beneficence, or (concretely) a benefaction.
let y1097
[1097] Standard
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3361
{3361} Prime
μή
me
{may}
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
thy 4675
{4675} Prime
σοῦ
sou
{soo}
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
left hand 710
{0710} Prime
ἀριστερός
aristeros
{ar-is-ter-os'}
Apparently a compound of the same as G0712; the left hand (as second best).
know 1097
{1097} Prime
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z5628
<5628> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 459
what 5101
{5101} Prime
τίς
tis
{tis}
Probably emphatic of G5100; an interrogitive pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions).
thy 4675
{4675} Prime
σοῦ
sou
{soo}
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
right hand 1188
{1188} Prime
δεξιός
dexios
{dex-ee-os'}
From G1209; the right side or (feminine) hand (as that which usually takes).
doeth: 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 6:3

_ _ But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth — So far from making a display of it, dwell not on it even in thine own thoughts, lest it minister to spiritual pride.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 6:1-4.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 6:3

Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth — A proverbial expression for doing a thing secretly. Do it as secretly as is consistent, With the doing it at all. With the doing it in the most effectual manner.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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let:

Matthew 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Matthew 9:30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See [that] no man know [it].
Matthew 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mark 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
John 7:4 For [there is] no man [that] doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
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Mt 8:4; 9:30; 12:19. Mk 1:44. Jn 7:4.

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