Matthew 5:21

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yee haue heard, that it was saide by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill: and, Whosoeuer shall kill, shalbe in danger of the iudgement.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
- American Standard Version (1901)

You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged:
- Basic English Bible

Ye have heard that it was said to the ancients, Thou shalt not kill; but whosoever shall kill shall be subject to the judgment.
- Darby Bible

Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment:
- Webster's Bible

You have heard that it was said to the ancients, `Thou shalt not commit murder', and whoever commits murder will be answerable to the magistrate.
- Weymouth Bible

You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, 'You shall not murder;' and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.'
- World English Bible

Ye han herd that it was seid to elde men, Thou schalt not slee; and he that sleeth, schal be gilti to doom.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Ye heard that it was said to the ancients: Thou shalt not kill, and whoever may kill shall be in danger of the judgment;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:21


5:21 Ye have heard - From the scribes reciting the law; Thou shalt do no murder - And they interpreted this, as all the other commandments, barely of the outward act. The judgement - The Jews had in every city a court of twenty - three men, who could sentence a criminal to be strangled. But the sanhedrim only (the great council which sat at Jerusalem, consisting of seventy - two men,) could sentence to the more terrible death of stoning. That was called the judgment, this the council. #Exod 20:13|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:21


Mt 5:21 Ye have heard. Jesus now gives the law a new form to adapt it to his kingdom. It takes a new, a deeper, a more spiritual shape and meaning. By them of old time. In this case, Moses. See Ex 20:13 De 5:17. Thou shalt not kill. One of the ten commandments. Christ, the Divine Lawgiver, modifies it. In danger of the judgment. The civil courts. The law provided in every city a court of seven judges, who could sentence a criminal to death. See De 16:18.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Pam
    I noticed the are those who look at the beatitudes like commandments. Jesus compacted the commandments into 2; love the Lord with all your heart mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. The beatitudes are love in action as a result of being born again, following Him and bearing fruit.
  • Maria
    The law still stands. Christ said it in v.17. He came to fulfill what was written of him, that he should suffer and be crucified, not to do away with the law. Whosoever breaks one of the least commandments he mentioned in verses 1-16 and teaches others to do the same will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  • Walter lee Dillard
    God is a good God and he always knows what we doing and about to do. The words say that what ever he have in store for us we shall receive it in the name of Jesus. We can always depends on God to do what he say he going to do for us all we have to do is believe in him and let him do his work Amen.
  • BSP
    God sees those who are persecuted for doing what is right in His eyes and He is going to bless such ones.
  • Katawanna legget
    god is good all the times he woke us up
  • Otis Dorsey
    If we work for the lord we will be reward

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