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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

  • MockingBird for verse 16
    The light is Jesus : The light that is in me is Jesus : The good works I believe the writer is saying concerns my walk of faith in God's word : Of course the world does not truly know what good works are : But when I walk in the light as He Jesus is in the light then I believe the lost and dying world will see that there is a special element in me that would attract them to look into : I also do not believe that I am to put up any kind of front that : would be deceiving and turn them away.
  • Christ Jesus makes it clear that if a married women is put away she cant remarry under any circumstance,unless she becomes a widow. A woman should choose her husband wisely,a women should marry a man she feels will love her as he loves his self,and cherish her.
  • Isabelle
    I would go by grace , but remember Jesus even said he did not come to change the law of old so most of the old testament still stands .
  • Kanakasusheela
    There is a lot of difference between the God's laws of ten commandments in Old Testament ,and the 'Sermon on the mount' in New Testament.Here the teaching of Jesus is completely with abundant love , grace and kindness.He wanted to save every one of the Humanity . If all can understand the inner meaning of this message ,There are no quarrels in the families , and there are no wars between the countries, and every where there is peace and harmony . and every one can believe Jesus,and He is the only God of the universe , and we all praise him and glorify him .and there is no sin , and there are no curses,and there is no satan power in this world . And God bless us with power of holy spirit , so that we can over come satan power.Matthew 5: as per this , this is the dream of God, to be the world is like this .
  • Eaglesrock
    Bro Davis if works can not save us how can bad works unsave us. By Grace are you saved by Faith, not of works. Christ has redeemed us from the law. We are not under the law but grace. The purpose of the law was our school master to show us it is impossible to keep the law 615 it pointed to Christ. Old testament is Law, New Testament is Grace. Old Testament is about God, New Testament about Christ. Old testament about a Nation, New Testament about a Person-Jesus Christ. Christ has become of no affect to you who are under the Law are not under Grace. What will it be Law? or Grace? I choose grace.
  • Bro. Davis for verse 17
    Some people take this as the Law does not have to be followed any longer. That can not be farther from the truth! Let me ask you this then. If you are a parent and make rules for your children to follow and you go to work and they break the rules. Do you come home and judge them for breaking the rules and at times forgive them because they repent? Say they are sorry and will not do it again . Do you then do away with the rules they were to follow because they could not keep them? No, you do not because you love them and want only the best for them. Are the rules for their protection and best interest's? Yes! Yahweh God is the same in that he wants only the best for us and the laws were put there for our protection and instructions on how to live right. He in no way is going to take that away from us and let us decide on our own how to live right? He came to take away the Sins in us, not the laws he made for us! We are not bound by the Law, but by the sin that was in us, which would have been death and eternal damnation for us! He came to save us from the bondage of sin, not the Law. He also walked in ALL the Laws and did not break any of them. We are to walk as He did. He used the Holy Spirit to fight off the flesh he occupied while on this earth. It is through that same spirit that we are able to do all things through Him as he is our strength now. The Holy Ghost was given to us and the power of His spirit now dwells in His children to keep the Laws as He did and sinned not!

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