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

  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. GODS HOLY AND MATCHLESS WORD MEANS WHAT IT SAYS AND SAYS WHAT IT MEANS AMEN INDEED. I AM TRULY BLESSED TO YOUR EVERLASTING GLORY OH LORD AMEN INDEED ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION AMEN ! COME LORD YESHUA JESUS GLORY AMEN INDEED ! SHALOM !
  • Lilian
    Whatever Bind on this earth will be Bound into heaven. God blessed the couple and bind them into one body. It is a sacrament to get married in the church in the house of God. To have a Husband and a wife you are a couple until rapture. If we have Jesus in our life we have everything we need. We need to be born again in spirit not in the flesh if the flesh is weak this is where a devil can use you
  • Chibuike peter
    Nice one to leave on , with
  • Blessed
    Alexander Moses the verses 3-48 is red because words in red is when Jesus is speaking
  • Christina
    Basically, in Chapters 5,6,
  • Bud
    To A. Moses in some bibles ( like mine ) when ever JESUS is speaking it is always in red letters, per say the red letter bible.

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