Matthew 5:21

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yee haue heard, that it was saide by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill: and, Whosoeuer shall kill, shalbe in danger of the iudgement.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
- American Standard Version (1901)

You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged:
- Basic English Bible

Ye have heard that it was said to the ancients, Thou shalt not kill; but whosoever shall kill shall be subject to the judgment.
- Darby Bible

Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment:
- Webster's Bible

You have heard that it was said to the ancients, `Thou shalt not commit murder', and whoever commits murder will be answerable to the magistrate.
- Weymouth Bible

You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, 'You shall not murder;' and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.'
- World English Bible

Ye han herd that it was seid to elde men, Thou schalt not slee; and he that sleeth, schal be gilti to doom.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Ye heard that it was said to the ancients: Thou shalt not kill, and whoever may kill shall be in danger of the judgment;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:21


5:21 Ye have heard - From the scribes reciting the law; Thou shalt do no murder - And they interpreted this, as all the other commandments, barely of the outward act. The judgement - The Jews had in every city a court of twenty - three men, who could sentence a criminal to be strangled. But the sanhedrim only (the great council which sat at Jerusalem, consisting of seventy - two men,) could sentence to the more terrible death of stoning. That was called the judgment, this the council. #Exod 20:13|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:21


Mt 5:21 Ye have heard. Jesus now gives the law a new form to adapt it to his kingdom. It takes a new, a deeper, a more spiritual shape and meaning. By them of old time. In this case, Moses. See Ex 20:13 De 5:17. Thou shalt not kill. One of the ten commandments. Christ, the Divine Lawgiver, modifies it. In danger of the judgment. The civil courts. The law provided in every city a court of seven judges, who could sentence a criminal to death. See De 16:18.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Tracy
    Amen and that is true, we need to keep spreading his word around the world.. Amen and God bless you
  • Terry
    Read what john said about a new heaven and a new earth and the new holy city Jerusalem in revelation
  • A disciple
    Matthew 5:11 (cont.); Alongside knowing and feeling how much we fall short, and how utterly needy we are continually of the Lord's mercy and guidance in the way we walk through our days; the contemplation that we are suffering for Jesus' sake is most convicting and shines His Light into our innermost self. We are weak and faulty, and so its hard to always say that we suffer for being a Christian.
  • A disciple
    Matthew 5:11 "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." It has been well observed by some, that the Beatitudes are largely our discipleship training and the course which the Holy Spirit leads us in, of our growth in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. While many of these may come natural to some degree to some they are not all filled up complete in any of us, except the Lord Jesus and we all need to undergo the hard lessons in life to get them. But even with the most of these somewhat real in us no doubt the hardest one is to bear up cheerfully and patiently under hatred and abuse and false accusation and persecution, FOR BEING GOOD!
  • Cephas
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 2:12 IF WE SUFFER WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM IF WE DENY HIM HE ALSO WILL DENY US 2 TIMOTHY 3:12 YEA AND ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION ROMANS 12:14 BLESS THEM WHICH PERSECUTE YOU --BLESS--AND CURSE NOT 2 THESSALONIANS 1:4 SO THAT WE OURSELVES GLORY IN YOU IN THE CHURCHES OF GOD FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND FAITH IN ALL YOUR PERSECUTIONS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT YOU ENDURE --1:5--WHICH IS A MANIFEST TOKEN OF THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT OF GOD THAT YOU MAY --- BE COUNTED WORTHY --- OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD FOR WHICH YOU ALSO SUFFER PHILIPPIANS 1:29 FOR UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN IN THE BEHALF OF CHRIST --- NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE --- ON HIM BUT ALSO TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE MATTHEW 10:22 AND YOU SHALL BE HATED OF ALL MEN FOR MY NAMES SAKE --- BUT HE THAT ENDURETH --- UNTO THE END SHALL BE SAVED

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