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

  • Nicholas worrell NACM
    John 19:28 "i thirst"
  • Irene123
    It's interesting that in this whole chapter - Jesus was teaching only His disciples, and not the multitudes as He usually was in a monologue this long.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 18:24 - song, "Just to walk with Him" - "My steps had led me far away, Sometimes I wondered why, They had taken me down lonely roads, Beneath the darkened sky, But every time I lost my way, He sought me out, He took my hand and said He'd walk with me." Throughout the scriptures, God demonstrates His willingness to compensate for our lack; Ps. 23.
  • Irene123
    Jn. 16:33; Matt. 5:45; Acts 7:59; 16:23; These refer to tribulation (trials) in this life. There will be 'some' saints in Rev.13:7 who will go thru the GREAT tribulation; I haven't r'cvd. clarification on that yet. I KNOW tho' that I will not be one of them because they become saints DURING the GREAT tribulation; how? I don't know; I just take it by faith. A saint NOW will be raptured.
  • Bruce
    The darkness of this world is getting darker! You can feel the darkness, in the news and the towns and cities, in the neighborhood and the Churches are turning dark. We,who are cleansed by The Blood (Revelation1:5) are "THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD". (V:14) If they don't see The Light in us!??? WE: THE LIGHT OF THE World are the only LIGHT they will see. Stay trimmed, keep full of oil. Preach the gospel
  • MISSIONERY PASTOR TIMOTHY MUSAU
    THIS ARE THE GOOD WORKS OF CHARITY, DO YOU REMEMBER THE GOOD SAMARITAN?, THE SERMON ON THE MOUNTAIN SAYS BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFULL who delights in doing good to those in need , PEOPLE SHOULD SEE IT AND PRAISE GOD.

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