What is "sounding the trumpet" in Matthew 6:2

Jesus said in Matthew 6:2,

 “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." 


What is your view as to what "sound the trumpet" means?




It refers to a tuba-like contribution box meant to make noise as the coins roll down it.
22% (2 votes)
It refers to trumpets that would call the needy so the Pharisees could give to them, but really served as a pat on the back.
0% (0 votes)
It referred to trumpets that were blasted to announce their contribution.
22% (2 votes)
56% (5 votes)
Total votes: 9
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Darren Mc's picture

I've always considered it hyperbole on Jesus' part. He was exaggerating the show they put on as they were donating money in the synagogue or in the street. Kind of the ancient equivalent of "toot your own horn."

No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel will prevail against the LORD. Proverbs 21:30