“And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
King James Version (KJV)
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.
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|.
5:42 Thus much for your behaviour toward the violent. As for those who use milder methods, Give to him that asketh thee - Give and lend to any so far, (but no further, for God never contradicts himself) as is consistent with thy engagements to thy creditors, thy family, and the household of faith. #Luke 6:30|.
5:43 Thou shalt love thy neighbour; And hate thy enemy - God spoke the former part; the scribes added the latter. #Lev 19:18|.
Mt 5:41 Compel thee to go one mile. In those days, when there were no stages, railroad trains, postal lines, or regular means of conveyance. It was common for officers traveling to impress men to assist them on the route. It was a necessary, but oppressive, exaction. Christ directs to yield the service, and double it rather refuse it. Mile. A Roman word from "mille", a thousand. A Roman miles was a thousand paces, 1,520 yards.
And whosoeuer shall compell thee to goe a mile, goe with him twaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And whoever makes you go one mile, go with him two.
- Basic English Bible
And whoever will compel thee to go one mile, go with him two.
- Darby Bible
And whoever shall constrain thee to go one mile, go with him two.
- Webster's Bible
And whoever shall compel you to convey his goods one mile, go with him two.
- Weymouth Bible
Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
- World English Bible
and who euer constreyneth thee a thousynde pacis, go thou with hym othir tweyne.
- Wycliffe Bible
`And whoever shall impress thee one mile, go with him two,
- Youngs Literal Bible