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

  • Pam
    I noticed the are those who look at the beatitudes like commandments. Jesus compacted the commandments into 2; love the Lord with all your heart mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. The beatitudes are love in action as a result of being born again, following Him and bearing fruit.
  • Maria
    The law still stands. Christ said it in v.17. He came to fulfill what was written of him, that he should suffer and be crucified, not to do away with the law. Whosoever breaks one of the least commandments he mentioned in verses 1-16 and teaches others to do the same will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  • Walter lee Dillard
    God is a good God and he always knows what we doing and about to do. The words say that what ever he have in store for us we shall receive it in the name of Jesus. We can always depends on God to do what he say he going to do for us all we have to do is believe in him and let him do his work Amen.
  • BSP
    God sees those who are persecuted for doing what is right in His eyes and He is going to bless such ones.
  • Katawanna legget
    god is good all the times he woke us up
  • Otis Dorsey
    If we work for the lord we will be reward

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