Matthew 6:6 is the sixth verse of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This verse continues the discussion on the proper procedure for praying.
- But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy
- closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray
- to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father
- which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
The World English Bible translates the passage as:
- But you, when you pray, enter into your inner
- chamber, and having shut your door, pray to
- your Father who is in secret, and your Father
- who sees in secret will reward you openly.
For a collection of other versions see BibRef Matthew 6:6
After condemning ostentatious prayer in the previous verse, this verse outlines the proper procedure for praying. As with charitable giving the true believer should act in secret.
Schweizer feels that the room referenced in this would have been the storage room. Most of Jesus' audiences would have lived in homes with only one room, but in Palestine it was common to have a separate storage area with a door to protect foodstuffs. This would have been the only room with a door. Schweizer feels this reference has been assimilated to the wording of Isaiah 26:20.
The end of this verse closely parallels the end of Matthew 6:4. This verse adds the mention of the omnipresent God being in secret, as well as being able to see all that is in secret. As with Matthew 6:4 most scholars feel that "openly" is an erroneous addition at the end of this verse.
- Schweizer, Eduard. The Good News According to Matthew. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1975
- Luz, Ulrich. Matthew 1-7: A Commentary. trans. Wilhlem C. Linss. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortess, 1989.
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