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

  • 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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