Musings on … Matthew 6 ‘Rewards’

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When I was reading this passage, Matthew 6,  to my son one morning for school.

This word kept popping out at me.  The word REWARD.

[on giving to the needy]

6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

[on praying]

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

[on fasting]

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

This is the meaning of the word reward from where it says ‘received their reward’ 

Original Word Word Origin
  misqo/v   apparently a primary word
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
  Misthos   mis-thos’  
Parts of Speech TDNT
  Noun Masculine   4:695,599
 Definition
 

  1. dues paid for work
    1. wages, hire
  2. reward: used of the fruit naturally resulting from toils and endeavours
    1. in both senses, rewards and punishments
    2. of the rewards which God bestows, or will bestow, upon good deeds and endeavours
    3. of punishments

  

 

 Translated Words
  KJV (29) – hire, 3; reward, 24; wages, 2;NAS (29) – pay, 2; price, 1; reward, 19; wage, 1; wages, 6;       

 This the meaning of the word reward from where it says ‘And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’ 

 

Strong’s Number:  591 a)podiðdwmi
Original Word Word Origin
  a)podiðdwmi   from (575) and (1325)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
  Apodidomi   ap-od-eed’-o-mee  
Parts of Speech TDNT
  Verb   2:167,166
 Definition
 

  1. to deliver, to give away for one’s own profit what is one’s own, to sell
  2. to pay off, discharge what is due
    1. a debt, wages, tribute, taxes, produce due
    2. things promised under oath
    3. conjugal duty
    4. to render account
  3. to give back, restore
  4. to requite, recompense in a good or a bad sense 

 

 Translated Words
  KJV (48) – give, 9; misc, 9; pay, 9; render, 9; reward, 7; sell, 3; yield, 2;NAS (49) – account, 1; award, 1; fulfill, 2; gave…back, 2; give, 4; give back, 1; given, 1; giving, 1; make some return, 1; must, 1; paid, 3; pay, 2; pay back, 3; pay…back, 1; render, 6; repay, 8; repayment to be made, 1; repays, 1; returning, 1; reward, 3; sold, 3; yielding, 1; yields, 1; 

 

 

The hypocrites receive their earthly reward or due payment.

What do the hypocrites do that is wrong?

Do they seek mans approval and not God’s?

What do these 3 things Jesus tells us have in common?

I would like to be counted among the blessed few who receives her reward from the hand of the Father.

Comments please.

XO,  The Home Engineer

Mt 10:41 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“He who receives a prophet in {the} name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  
Mt 10:42 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”   
Mr 9:41 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as {followers} of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.  
Lu 6:23 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“Be glad in that day and leap {for joy,} for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.  
Lu 6:35 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil {men.}
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