Matthew 5:40

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coate, let him haue thy cloake also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if any man goes to law with you and takes away your coat, do not keep back your robe from him.
- Basic English Bible

and to him that would go to law with thee and take thy body coat, leave him thy cloak also.
- Darby Bible

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
- Webster's Bible

If any one wishes to go to law with you and to deprive you of your under garment, let him take your outer one also.
- Weymouth Bible

If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.
- World English Bible

and to hym that wole stryue with thee in doom, and take awey thi coote, leeue thou `to him also thi mantil;
- Wycliffe Bible

and whoever is willing to take thee to law, and thy coat to take -- suffer to him also the cloak.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:40


5:40-41 Where the damage is not great, choose rather to suffer it, though possibly it may on that account be repeated, than to demand an eye for an eye, to enter into a rigorous prosecution of the offender. The meaning of the whole passage seems to be, rather than return evil for evil, when the wrong is purely personal, submit to one bodily wrong after another, give up one part of your goods after another, submit to one instance of compulsion after another. That the words are not literally to be understood, appears from the behaviour of our Lord himself, #John 18:22,23|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:40


Mt 5:40 If any man will sue. That is, is about to sue thee. Take away thy coat. The inner garment, the tunic or shirt. Cloke. The outer garment, the covering at night. It could not be held by a creditor (Ex 22:26-27). Better to give it up, too, than to engage in litigation. Many a poor soul has realized this when it was too late, and the lawyers had divided his property. Avoid lawsuits.

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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