Matthew 5:39

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I say vnto you, that yee resist not euill: but whosoeuer shall smite thee on thy right cheeke, turne to him the other also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I say to you, Do not make use of force against an evil man; but to him who gives you a blow on the right side of your face let the left be turned.
- Basic English Bible

But *I* say unto you, not to resist evil; but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;
- Darby Bible

But I say to you, That ye resist not evil: but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
- Webster's Bible

But I tell you not to resist a wicked man, but if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.
- Weymouth Bible

But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
- World English Bible

But Y seie to you, that ye ayenstonde not an yuel man; but if ony smyte thee in the riyt cheke, schewe to him also the tothir;
- Wycliffe Bible

but I -- I say to you, not to resist the evil, but whoever shall slap thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:39


5:39 But I say unto you, that ye resist not the evil man - Thus; the Greek word translated resist signifies standing in battle array, striving for victory. If a man smite thee on the right cheek - Return not evil for evil: yea, turn to him the other - Rather than revenge thyself.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:39


Mt 5:39 Resist not evil. Jesus does not forbid the judicial application of the law, but personal revenge, such as was common among the Jews. Instead of turning upon those who injure us, and becoming a party to personal broils, it is the duty of Christians to suffer meekly. Turn to him the other. This must be the Christian spirit, the great law of love, which "endureth all things" (1Co 13:7). This is not a code to be slavishly observed in the letter, but its spirit must always be preserved. For the application, see Joh 18:22 Ac 23:3.

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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