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16 So don’t hide your light![a] Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”

Fulfillment of the Law

17 “If you think I’ve come to set aside the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets, you’re mistaken. I have come to fulfill and bring to perfection all that has been written. 18 Indeed, I assure you, as long as heaven and earth endure, not even the smallest detail[b] of the Law will be done away with until its purpose is complete.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:16 The Aramaic word for “light” (noohra) is often used as a metaphor for teachings that bring enlightenment and revelation into the hearts of men. Light can also represent the presence of God (“the light of his countenance”). Jesus is the light of God within us.
  2. Matthew 5:18 Or “not even one letter or even a part of the letter of the law.”
  3. Matthew 5:18 Or “All its teachings come true.”

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