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

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  1. 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. 5:16 Light and works are intertwined. We need the light of Christ in order to do good works. Our good works are like light shining upon their hearts.