Matthew 5:38-48 CSB

Go the Second Mile

38 "You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. a

References for Matthew 5:38

    • r 5:38 - Ex 21:24; Lv 24:20; Dt 19:21
      39 But I tell you, don't resist b an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

      References for Matthew 5:39

        • s 5:39 - Or don't set yourself against, or don't retaliate against
          40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, c let him have your coat d as well.

          References for Matthew 5:40

            • t 5:40 - Lit tunic inner garment
            • u 5:40 - Lit robe, or garment outer garment
              41 And if anyone forces e you to go one mile, go with him two.

              References for Matthew 5:41

                • v 5:41 - Roman soldiers could require people to carry loads for them.
                  42 Give to the one who asks you, and don't turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

                  Love Your Enemies

                  43 "You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor f and hate your enemy.

                  References for Matthew 5:43

                      44 But I tell you, love your enemies g and pray for those who h persecute you,

                      References for Matthew 5:44

                        • x 5:44 - Other mss add bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you,
                        • y 5:44 - Other mss add mistreat you and
                          45 so that you may be i sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

                          References for Matthew 5:45

                            • z 5:45 - Or may become, or may show yourselves to be
                              46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
                              47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? j Don't even the Gentiles k do the same?

                              References for Matthew 5:47

                                • { 5:47 - Lit doing more, or doing that is superior
                                • | 5:47 - Other mss read tax collectors
                                  48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.