18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
18 Verse 18. Thy father which seeth in secret] Let us not be
afraid that our hearts can be concealed from God; but let us fear
lest he perceive them to be more desirous of the praise of men
than they are of that glory which comes from Him.
Openly.] εντωφανερω. These words are omitted by nine MSS. in
uncial letters; and by more than one hundred others, by most of
the versions, and by several of the primitive fathers. As it is
supported by no adequate authority, Bengel, Wetstein, Griesbach,
and others, have left it out of the text.