A bushel - Greek, a measure containing nearly a peck. Under this the light could be hid. In verse 20 the Lord Jesus states that someone cannot enter the kingdom of heaven unless they are more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees. This morning’s Gospel reading is Matthew 22:15–21: The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Explanation and Commentary on Matthew 5:16. In this subdivision of the Sermon on the Mount, Christ spelled out his own authority as being superior in every way to the edicts of the Decalogue, noting at the same time that he was not destroying but fulfilling them. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Instead, its tone and message are instructional and only somewhat cautionary. Isaac. modion = a dry measure: i.e. Much such a proverbial saying is used by the JewsF18Vid. A preacher by the name of Wilbur Reese once preached a message in which he presented a listener's guide to sermons. You ought also to consider the end why I have communicated of my light unto you; it is in part the same with that of men: when they light up a candle in a room, which is to show light to all those that are in the room, they do not use to light it up to hide it under a vessel, or a bushel; so I have not communicated my truths or my grace unto you merely for your own use, but for others use. (NASB: Lockman) Greek: oude kaiousin luchnon kai titheasin auton hupo ton modion all' epi ten luchnian, kai lampei pasin tois en te oikia. The seed is “the word of the kingdom.”. Revelation 1:20 identifies the lampstands as the churches. men in general: shewing, in the spiritual reference of the parable, that these lights of the world are ‘lighted’ by Him for whose use they are. God never intended prayer to change His purpose or move Him to come to fresh ideas. 81. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. On μόδιος, comp. Matthew 10:5-15. — The world, or circle of your acquaintance. Light a candle and put it under a bushel. 5 & 6. It may be related to the expression "salt and light", which was then used to describe the Law. Candelabrum, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. ‘Giveth light,’ implies that a certain effect is necessarily produced, but the lamp only shines, its light may be rejected. “Blessed” means … on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house; as on the candlestick in the temple, a type of the church; where Christ has set the light of the Gospel, where it is held forth particularly by the ministers of the word, to illuminate the whole house and family of God; by the light of which poor sinners, the lost pieces of silver, are looked up; straggling souls are brought home; hypocrites and formalists are detected; and saints are enlightened, directed, and comforted. There was a projecting stone in the wall on which the lamp was set. Certainly the gifts of such shall not perish in the use, or be the worse for wearing, but the better and brighter; as the torch by tapping; they shall grow in their hands, as the loaves in our Saviour’s, as the widow’s oil, as that great mountain of salt in Spain, de quo quantum demas, tantum accrescit, which the more you take from it, the more it increaseth; or, lastly, as the fountains or wells, which, by much drawing, are made better and sweeter, as St Basil observeth, and common experience confirmeth. Wiclif translates it “lantern.”. The Christian should, like a lamp, shed divine light upon all in reach. The heavenly bodies enlighten not their own orbs only, but send forth their beams far and near. To put it under a bowl. The bushel. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Rev., the stand. The figure is … Neither do men light a candle — or, lamp. But men do not do such things in temporal matters; only in spiritual things do they act thus foolishly. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. ; as to the Greek expression λυχνία, Lobeck, ad Phryn. It is nothing less than the church of Jesus Christ, namely, the local congregation. Presumably, Jesus and the disciples saw the same scene: the approaching crowd of people. Greek. light of the world, city on a mountain, and candle upon a candlestick, signify the Catholic Church, so built upon Christ, the mountain, that it must be visible, and cannot be hidden or unknown. And it giveth light to all that are in the house] He that alloweth his servants a great candle, or two or three lesser lights, looks for more work. 14 Ye are the light of the world. When people light a candle, they do not conceal the light, but place it where it may be of use. Under this the light could be hid. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel -, THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE DISCIPLES TO THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS, on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house. Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. (15) Light a candle.—The word so rendered was probably a portable lamp rather than a candle in the common meaning of the word. What does Matthew 5:15 mean? Isaac. p. 313. Neither do men light a candle to put it under a bushel, &c.] Nor doth God set up a minister, and so light a link or torch, as the word λυχνος here signifieth, among a people, but for the disusing of the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 4:6. 15. μόδιον] A Latin word (the art. and put it under a bushel — a dry measure. Schanz says the lamp burned all night, and that when they wanted darkness they put it on the floor and covered it with the “bushel”. Joh. You are lighted that you may illuminate. ", put it under a bushel, or anything which may hide and cover it, and so hinder its light and usefulness. But he also intended from the beginning to leave his Body, the Church … What then should be done with the light or influence of the Christian's life? he scribes rivals to the Almighty in legislation. THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE DISCIPLES TO THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS (MATT. Tholuck also thinks people might cover the light when they wished to keep it burning, when they had occasion to leave the room for a time. The article is inserted in both cases to express the familiarity of everyone with those household utensils. The image was drawn from objects familiar to all the hearers, and the presence of the article in the Greek, “under the bushel,” “on the candlestick or lamp-stand,” implies the familiarity. 33. If you give to bring attention to yourself, you don't get a reward in heaven because you already have your reward in all the attention you got. Now when a candle is lighted by men, they do not, put it under a bushel, or anything which may hide and cover it, and so hinder its light and usefulness. is by many supposed to express that the μόδιος is a vessel usually found in the house: but it is rather to be regarded as the sign of the generic singular, as in κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον, ch. It is not a text that was intended to be confrontational, because neither its tone or message are confrontational. But on the candlestick, or ‘lampstand;’ its proper place, an elevated holder or stand, so that its light might be diffused as widely as possible. It was not put under the bushel (the only one in the room) save to put it out or to hide it. And, pray tell, what can this be? The priest’s lips must not only preserve knowledge, but also present it to the people, who shall seek it at his mouth. Jesus proceeded here to show them that the very reason why they were enlightened was that others might also see the light, and be benefited by it. but on a candlestick — rather, “under the bushel, but on the lampstand.” The article is inserted in both cases to express the familiarity of everyone with those household utensils. 5:17-48). Sac.). Much such a proverbial saying is used by the Jews (r): "do not leave a vessel of balsam in a dunghill, but move it from its place, that its smell may spread, and men may receive profit from it.''. In Matthew 6:5-15 Jesus speaks on the subject of prayer and gives his disciples a pattern of prayer. The image was drawn from objects familiar to all the hearers, and the presence of the article in the Greek, “under the bushel,” “on the candlestick or lamp-stand,” implies the familiarity. Dicuntur εποφαινεσθαι quae repente conspectaculos omnium in se convertunt. 14“You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:15. Men light candles; God has lighted you for his candles to the world. In Hebrews 9:2, the golden “candlestick” of the tabernacle is called λυχνία ; but in the description of this article (Exodus 25:31, Exodus 25:39), we read, “Thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof;” and in Zechariah 4:2, where the imagery is drawn from the sanctuary, we have a “candlestick” with a bowl on the top of it, “and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes (for the oil) to the lamps which are upon the top thereof.”. It might now and then be placed under the modius, an earthenware grain measure, or under the bed (Mark 4:21), high to keep clear of serpents, therefore without danger of setting it on fire (Koetsveld, De Gelijkenissen, p. 305). On a moonless or overcast night, people would have struggled to see their hand in front of their own eyes. Matthew 5:15. Which may be read impersonally, "a candle is not lighted": and by it may be meant the Gospel, and gifts qualifying men to preach it; which, like a candle, was lighted in the evening of the Jewish dispensation, though not confined to the land of Judea; but has shone throughout the world, being as a candle to be removed, and has been removed from place to place: wherever it is set, it gives light, more or less, and dispels darkness; it is useful both to work by and walk with; it does not always burn alike clearly, it needs looking after; it has its thieves, as candles sometimes have; and will give the greatest light towards the close of the world, as they usually do, when ready to go out. Luke (9:10-17) and John (6:1-13) also include the “feeding of the five thousand” or a parallel. The word is not the same, however, as that used for the “lamps” of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1), and was applied apparently to the cheaper vessels of the poor rather than to those of the wealthy. in the world, what shall I say more, saith St. Augustine than that all are blind, who shut their eyes against the candle which is set on the candlestick? This passage sets forth instructions regarding the Christian's light, or influence, in the world: (1) Christ forbade hiding it under a bushel (Matthew 5:14), that is, permitting business and commerce to obscure one's influence for the truth. Compare Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; Luke 12:35. : "do not leave a vessel of balsam in a dunghill, but move it from its place, that its smell may spread, and men may receive profit from it.'. And John Baptist (that burning and shining light) was to give the knowledge of salvation, not by way of infusion, for so God only, but by way of instruction, Luke 1:77. Joh. (2) He warned against hiding it under a vessel (Luke 8:16), that is, permitting cares, duties, and obligations of life to take precedence over faith. As the noted Negro minister, Marshall Keeble, was often heard to say, "The Bible does not say to MAKE your light shine, but it says to LET it shine!" but on a candlestick—rather, "under the bushel, but on the lampstand." Matthew 4:19; Maetzner, ad Lycurgum, p. 253. Matthew 5:15 Context. Others’ pretended candles were never of God’s lighting. In Hebrews 9:2, the golden "candlestick" of the tabernacle is called λυχνία; but in the description of this article (Exodus 25:31, Exodus 25:39), we read, "Thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof;" and in Zechariah 4:2, where the imagery is drawn from the sanctuary, we have a "candlestick" with a bowl on the top of it, "and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes (for the oil) to the lamps which are upon the top thereof.". 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? Men are not so foolish as to light a candle to be covered up, so God is not so unwise as to light you for concealment. What Hebrew measure did Jesus mention? The article is inserted in both cases to express the familiarity of everyone with those household utensils. To the Gentile crowds this was a demonstration of the power … The very purpose of lighting a lamp would make it foolish to conceal its light. It denotes anything, here, that might conceal the light. Jo.). our behavior should reflect our nature and lead others to glorify God. Matthew 15:20)—called by the more general name σκεῦος, Luke 8:16. καίουσιν, i.e. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 4, p. 547. But ye say, whosoever shall say to his father or mother, &c.] That is, it was a tradition of their's, that if a man should say to his father and mother, when poor and in distress, and made application to him for sustenance, it is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me, and ad Eliae Levit. Matt 5:15 // Mark 4:24 // Luke 11:33. “The figure is taken from lowly cottage life. The Greek word μοδιος, rendered a "bushel", answers to the Hebrew סאה, "seah", which is the very word used in Munster's Hebrew Gospel; and this was a dry measure that held about a gallon and a half; and accordingly is rendered here by the Syriac סאתא. App-130. The καί is the consecutivum: and, and thus, that is, placed upon the candlestick; comp. Neither do men light a candle to put it under a bushel, &c. και γαρ τα φρεατα φασιν, αντλουμενα, βελτιω γινεσθαι, And it giveth light to all that are in the house. (Chrysost. with the definite article, to indicate that he refers to a measure ordinarily in use. James 5:15-16. House — The world, or circle of your acquaintance. In the same way, that light should not be hidden but should light up the room, or city on a hill cannot be hidden, we are to let our light shine. Matthew 6:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 6:5, NIV: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full." All of these examples deal with the attitude of one's heart in exhibiting patience and love, and Jesus' intent in them is to raise us above the righteousness of the Pharisees to the higher righteousness of God's calling.. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Bread: Blessed, Broken, Given Multiple feeding stories in the gospels should not surprise us. A candle, or ‘lamp.’ The bushel. (St. Augustine, cont. : the emphatic antithesis of ὑμεῖς to θεὸς a pointed rebuke of their presumption. In Mark, Christ is the light (“the lamp that has come”) and the mystery of His identity and kingdom will not remain concealed. See above. ad Eliae Levit. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel - A bushel μοδιος : - a measure both among the Greeks and Romans, containing a little more than a peck English. It is not to be concealed, but suffered to show itself, and to shed light on a surrounding wicked world. 15.Light a candle — Or lamp. nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. The Christian should, like a lamp, shed divine light upon all in reach. Therefore the Church being a candle not under a bushel, but shining to all in the house, i.e. The command is to glorify God through an abundance of good works. Praefat. οἱ καίοντες, those who light must be understood, cf. Matthew 15:5 shows how that great law is compromised.— ὑμεῖς δὲ λέγ. Plut. So it is with religion. Matthew 5:15 and Matthew 5:16 are the fifteenth and sixteenth verses of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. A parabolic word pointing out that such a policy in the natural sphere is unheard of and absurd.— , to kindle, accendere, ordinarily neuter = urere; not as Beza thought, a Hebraism; examples occur in late Greek authors (vide Kypke, Obser. Matthew 5:38-42. Demetr. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) It means that when you give to the needy, do it secretly. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Nights could be very dark during the time of Jesus. Candles and candlesticks were not used in Scripture times. And it giveth light, [ lampei (G2989), shineth] unto all that are in the house. Arch., p. 124). 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Light a candle, &c. The idea is, that as men do not light a candle to conceal its light, but that it may shine around, so Jesus kindles the light of truth in the hearts of the disciples, not that it may be concealed there, but that it may be used to enlighten and benefit mankind. A bushel — In Greek the bushel, with the definite article, to indicate that he refers to a measure ordinarily in use. Greek. This verse has a fairly sudden shift of metaphor from "salt of the earth" to "city on a hill". Origen against Celsus quoted this place and referred to the light of Christians as a "brilliant and unfading wisdom, ... the very reflection of everlasting light,"[11] and argued from this premise that Christians should not bow down before the sun, moon, or stars, seeing they themselves are light, and from the very same source! [11] Origen, from The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. It adds to the interest of the illustration to remember that as they were commonly of wood, such articles as these must often have been turned out from the carpenter’s shop at Nazareth for the use of its neighbours. Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his … Let them therefore see to it, that they work hard while the light lasteth, lest their candlestick be removed, lest the night surprise them on the sudden, when none can work, Revelation 2:5; John 9:4-5; lest they pay dear for those precious graces of his Spirit, in his faithful ministers, spent, or rather spilt upon them; lest God cause the sun to go down at noon, and darken the earth in the clear day, Amos 8:9. The Beatitudes. Neque accendunt lucernam et possunt cam sub modio sed super candelabrum. Matthew 5:15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Methurgeman. Rev., rightly, “the bushel;” since the definite article is designed to indicate a familiar object - the grain-measure which is found in every house. Praefat. It is noteworthy that Jesus never gave the slightest encouragement to the delusion that people are saved by faith "only"! Matthew 5:14(KJV) Verse Thoughts. Ver. Rev., the stand. Under the bushel (υπο τον μοδιον — hupo ton modion). John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. Not a bushel. Matthew 5:15. ὑπὸ τὸν μόδιον] Fulgentius, Matthew 3:6 : “lucernamque modio contegit.” The article denotes the grain measure that is at hand in the house. Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; 11:33. But before we can get into what is often called “The Lord’s Prayer” we must look at what Jesus taught His disciples about the proper purpose and practice of prayer. But that would be the exception, not the rule—done occasionally for special reasons, perhaps during the hours of sleep. Matthew 6:5, ESV: "“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. Sac.). Ministers are not, through slothfulness, to neglect the gift that is in them; nor, through fear, to hide their talents, or keep back any part of the Gospel, or cover anything out of sight, which may be profitable to souls: "but" men, when they light a candle, put it. The ordinary household measure, holding about a peck. This verse is unparalleled elsewhere in the New Testament, but a version of it is found in the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas. 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