Matthew 5:40

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coate, let him haue thy cloake also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if any man goes to law with you and takes away your coat, do not keep back your robe from him.
- Basic English Bible

and to him that would go to law with thee and take thy body coat, leave him thy cloak also.
- Darby Bible

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
- Webster's Bible

If any one wishes to go to law with you and to deprive you of your under garment, let him take your outer one also.
- Weymouth Bible

If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.
- World English Bible

and to hym that wole stryue with thee in doom, and take awey thi coote, leeue thou `to him also thi mantil;
- Wycliffe Bible

and whoever is willing to take thee to law, and thy coat to take -- suffer to him also the cloak.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:40


5:40-41 Where the damage is not great, choose rather to suffer it, though possibly it may on that account be repeated, than to demand an eye for an eye, to enter into a rigorous prosecution of the offender. The meaning of the whole passage seems to be, rather than return evil for evil, when the wrong is purely personal, submit to one bodily wrong after another, give up one part of your goods after another, submit to one instance of compulsion after another. That the words are not literally to be understood, appears from the behaviour of our Lord himself, #John 18:22,23|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:40


Mt 5:40 If any man will sue. That is, is about to sue thee. Take away thy coat. The inner garment, the tunic or shirt. Cloke. The outer garment, the covering at night. It could not be held by a creditor (Ex 22:26-27). Better to give it up, too, than to engage in litigation. Many a poor soul has realized this when it was too late, and the lawyers had divided his property. Avoid lawsuits.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • 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
  • Roy Gilcrease
    Christ is different he is not a sinner , it is by Christ Acts 4 and 12 are we saved (we must in order to be saved be one with him (Married) he leads we follow even when I preach the Gospel it is the mind of Christ that is preached (holy and acceptable unto God) he suffered and conquering death (the second death) Hell and the Grave Christians are buried by baptism in him 1 resurrection His I am in.
  • 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.
  • Roddy Williams
    I must say I thank god for the affliction that may come my way. My afflictions makes my walk with the Lord much stronger. The lord never said this walk would be easy. If they persecuted Jesus what makes us any different?

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