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

  • Geraldine Cole
    This is what Jesus want his children to do while following the Ten Commandment but we must believe all of The word of God from the beginning to the End
  • Gboye
    This chapter of the book of Matthew is the working manual for all practicing Christian and a check list of your standing in your walk with the master. the lord help us all to remain watchful and commited in the face of the present day water down Christianity.
  • CHARLES ROY
    I BELIEVE THIS IS A VERY FIRM AND DIRECT TEACHING THAT ALL CHRISTIANS MUST OBEY.
  • Stephende
    The sermon on the mount is the essential teaching of this world. It us neither christian or jew ir muslim but universal. What shall we as humans do to merit the favor of God? This chapter should be read and understood iften as well as the other books of the bible. Their is no ither place that I know of where it is so clearly truth being spoken. Who will hear and perform these verses?
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    This is the most comprehensive chapter, a one-stop shop of dos and don'ts for Christian living. It is the charter that Christians who are saved by grace must learn to live by.
  • Peter
    I was looking for the 10 commandments but I could this instead; and I am lucky because i use to love reading this and I had not done so for long time and I had forgotten it. I think that I have already considered this as a favourite reading. From verse 3 to the end I love it. I think that the 10 commandments is cap 20 exodus, no longer needs to search BYE

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