Whenever you fast, do not be gloomy like the hypocrites,  they make their faces become unsightly

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so that they will appear to men as fasting. Let me tell you, they have their reward.


When you fast, do not put a gloomy look on your face like the hypocrites do; they purposefully don’t take care of their faces in order to make their faces something that should be hidden from sight; they do this so that people will know they are fasting. I’ll tell you what, they have already received all the reward they are going to get.



The verb I have rendered as “Make (it) something that should be hidden from sight,” comes from the verb “To make unseen, to make disappear, to deprive of luster, to destroy, to render unsightly.”