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

  • 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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