Matthew 5:39

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I say vnto you, that yee resist not euill: but whosoeuer shall smite thee on thy right cheeke, turne to him the other also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I say to you, Do not make use of force against an evil man; but to him who gives you a blow on the right side of your face let the left be turned.
- Basic English Bible

But *I* say unto you, not to resist evil; but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;
- Darby Bible

But I say to you, That ye resist not evil: but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
- Webster's Bible

But I tell you not to resist a wicked man, but if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.
- Weymouth Bible

But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
- World English Bible

But Y seie to you, that ye ayenstonde not an yuel man; but if ony smyte thee in the riyt cheke, schewe to him also the tothir;
- Wycliffe Bible

but I -- I say to you, not to resist the evil, but whoever shall slap thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:39


5:39 But I say unto you, that ye resist not the evil man - Thus; the Greek word translated resist signifies standing in battle array, striving for victory. If a man smite thee on the right cheek - Return not evil for evil: yea, turn to him the other - Rather than revenge thyself.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:39


Mt 5:39 Resist not evil. Jesus does not forbid the judicial application of the law, but personal revenge, such as was common among the Jews. Instead of turning upon those who injure us, and becoming a party to personal broils, it is the duty of Christians to suffer meekly. Turn to him the other. This must be the Christian spirit, the great law of love, which "endureth all things" (1Co 13:7). This is not a code to be slavishly observed in the letter, but its spirit must always be preserved. For the application, see Joh 18:22 Ac 23:3.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Nature
    Others have a chance to offer compassion to those in pain. What if our suffering is Their test. Is a chance for them to choose to show kindness. Then a opportunity for us to say and show to them that our strength and comfort in those troubling times comes from the Lord. He does not think as we mere humans do but as the mighty Alpha and Omega. The Great I AM. Lean not on our own understanding.
  • Cybrat
    To Devlin if your still reading this, yes it does state in the bible that Jesus is God. Please read, John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. I don't know you, your age, earthly age or Christian age. You made baby Christian for a season one. I won't make an assumption. I was a Christian for many years before I realized "Word" is capitalized! Word is Christ!!! Just replace "Word" with"Christ". I think bc not only was Christ sent here to die for our sins but, also to be the earthly voice of God. If we were to hear the voice of God I believe it would be to much for a human to handle.
  • Wayne
    Devlin, read John chapters 5,8,10. Your answers are there.
  • Tony balogna
    Love this scripture. Our Lord Jesus really lets us know how to please the Father while living in harmony one with another. Among my favorite chapters of Matthew. God bless
  • MockingBird
    Jesus was persecuted , He was reviled ,and all manner was spoken against Him falsely : The religious leaders did it in thinking they were upholding God in their accusations toward Jesus : Jesus was walking in God's will : and so for us who walk in God's will : religious people will do the same toward us . We are a Blessed people : even though we get knocked down for it.
  • Jermontez Jackson
    It doesn't because jesus already knew what was coming.

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