Matthew 5:38

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yee haue heard that it hath beene said, An eie for an eie, and a tooth for a tooth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You have heard that it was said, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
- American Standard Version (1901)

You have knowledge that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
- Basic English Bible

Ye have heard that it has been said, Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.
- Darby Bible

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
- Webster's Bible

You have heard that it was said, `Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.'
- Weymouth Bible

You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
- World English Bible

Ye han herd that it hath be seid, Iye for iye, and tothe for tothe.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Ye heard that it was said: Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:38


5:38 Ye have heard - Our Lord proceeds to enforce such meekness and love on those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake (which he pursues to the end of the chapter) as were utterly unknown to the scribes and Pharisees. It hath been said - In the law, as a direction to judges, in ease of violent and barbarous assaults. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth - And this has been interpreted, as encouraging bitter and rigorous revenge. #Deut 19:21|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:38


Mt 5:38 An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The law quoted is found in Ex 21:23-25 Le 24:18-20. Moses intended it to protect person and property by prescribing what punishment the law should inflict. He who took a life should lose his life; he who robbed another of an eye should be punished by the loss of an eye. The Jews perverted it to justify private retaliation.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Gregoire Adams
    Matthew 4: Did King Herod Have all of his Families children killed ?

    How old was Jesus ?
  • Steve morrow
    wayne - joyce - all MATTHEW 5:11 BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU AND SHALL SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY FOR MY SAKE 1 COR 6:7 NOW THEREFORE THERE IS UTTERLY A FAULT AMONG YOU BECAUSE YOU GO TO LAW ONE WITH ANOTHER WHY DO YOU NOT RATHER TAKE WRONG WHY DO YOU NOT RATHER SUFFER YOURSELVES TO BE DEFRAUDED 2TIM2-12IF WE SUFFER WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM .....
  • Charley
    Jesus is Lord and Savior of my soul.Philippians 2-5-10 deity the only way
    to heaven the only mediator between God and man 1st tim2-5.
    what a wonderful GOD. repent and receive him alone for salvation
    before hell awaits poor lost souls
  • Bruce
    Sabra: when we were kids we would tell a story and swear by our mothers grave or that Lightning would strike us down, if it's a lie. I'll curse you with the fleas of a thousand camels if you don't believe me! Adults do the same. I swear I would never---! They say these things to make it more believable. That's what Peter was doing, not using foul language.
    We can just say yes or no.
  • Dewey J
    Hello, Sabra Matt.5:36 is by scripture that it is above mankind pay grade to sware by anything. V37 explains that fact. Which said, But let your words be Yea, yea; Nay, nay what is more than these is from evil DBT. The biblical experts say let the Bible interpret the Bible. Glory to GOD in the highest. Amen!
  • Sabra
    Explain Mathew 5:36 please

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