Beware to not carry out

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your righteousness before men in order to be seen by them, otherwise you will have no reward in the presence

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of your Father who is in the heavens.


Be careful to refrain from doing righteous-looking actions in full view of others just to be seen by them,

for if you are not careful to refrain from this, you will not be rewarded when you stand in the presence of your Father who is in heaven.



The verb I have rendered as “carry out” can mean “to do, to make, to perform, to build, to carry out, to act, to produce,” etc. It is focused on action that produces a result.


When this preposition is used in conjunction with a dative noun, as it is here, it does not mean “from” but “with, or in the presence of.” The latter makes the most sense in this situation.