Matthew 5:16

New Testament

15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to 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 these things but to fulfill them.

Pirkei Avot 2:12


12 Rabbi Yose said: Let the property of your fellow be as precious unto you as your own; Make yourself fit to study Torah for it will not be yours by inheritance; And let all your actions be for [the sake of] the name of heaven. 13 Rabbi Shimon said: Be careful with the reading of Shema and the prayer, And when you pray, do not make your prayer something automatic, but a plea for compassion before God, for it is said: “for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in kindness, and renouncing punishment” (Joel 2:13); And be not wicked in your own esteem.

 Notes and References

"... 'That they may see your good works (Matthew 7:16-20, 21-23) and glorify your Father in heaven' is a concern echoed in Testament of Naphtali 8:4 ('God shall be glorified among the Gentiles through you, but through him that does not that which is good, God shall be dishonored'), 1 Peter 2:12 ('may see your good deeds and glorify God'), and Pirkei Avot 1:11; 2:2, 12 (good works honor God's name). The role of disciples in verses 13-16 is seen in terms of mission: both of being (you are salt, light) and of doing (good works). Disciples are to act in line with their nature. Jesus is saying, 'I have made you into something, now be it.' The scope of their mission is universal (of the earth or world). Its goal is to glorify God ..."

Talbert, Charles H. Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7 (p. 56) University of South Carolina Press, 2004

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