Matthew 5:38

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yee haue heard that it hath beene said, An eie for an eie, and a tooth for a tooth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You have heard that it was said, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
- American Standard Version (1901)

You have knowledge that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
- Basic English Bible

Ye have heard that it has been said, Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.
- Darby Bible

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
- Webster's Bible

You have heard that it was said, `Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.'
- Weymouth Bible

You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
- World English Bible

Ye han herd that it hath be seid, Iye for iye, and tothe for tothe.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Ye heard that it was said: Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:38


5:38 Ye have heard - Our Lord proceeds to enforce such meekness and love on those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake (which he pursues to the end of the chapter) as were utterly unknown to the scribes and Pharisees. It hath been said - In the law, as a direction to judges, in ease of violent and barbarous assaults. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth - And this has been interpreted, as encouraging bitter and rigorous revenge. #Deut 19:21|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:38


Mt 5:38 An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The law quoted is found in Ex 21:23-25 Le 24:18-20. Moses intended it to protect person and property by prescribing what punishment the law should inflict. He who took a life should lose his life; he who robbed another of an eye should be punished by the loss of an eye. The Jews perverted it to justify private retaliation.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • BSP
    Verse 16: Christians must let their light shine by good conduct and putting into practice the teaching found in the Bible. By doing this, they are bringing praise and glory to God.
  • Geraldine Cole
    Yes God loves us all and he wants his children to love and show love to one another thats how the world will no we belong to him by the way we love ye one another
  • Alex
    God is no respector of persons he loves everybody thats y he sends his sun/son and rain/spirit on the good and the bad the just and unjust. His love and mercy is beyond OUR COMPREHENSION. IF I BELIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL ALL MEN UNTO ME, There was none righteous no not one but while we the world was yet sinners he died for all of us,that he might rise again in the hearts of EVERYMAN VIA HIS SEED.
  • A disciple
    "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your REWARD in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." The word in the original Greek Text indicates Payment, as in Wages or Hire for some work done. Our salvation depends on our finishing the course as overcomers, and enduring true and faithful to the end. Then truly by our fruits we shall be known, of what kind we are!
  • Servant
    If we can take anything from Matt. . Let it be that Christ is trying to teach us about the Royal Law of love .
  • Amelliea
    The lord said let there be light and there was light..... In the beginning god created the heaven and the earth.. For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who ever believed in him should not perish but have a everlasting life....

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