Matthew 5:42

42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Matthew 5:42 in Other Translations

KJV
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
ESV
42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
NLT
42 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.
MSG
42 No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
CSB
42 Give to the one who asks you, and don't turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Matthew 5:42 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 5:42

Give to him that asketh thee
To every man, ( Luke 6:30 ) whether Jew or Gentile; friend or foe; believer or unbeliever; a good, or a bad man; worthy or unworthy; deserving or not, that asketh alms, whether food or money; give it freely, readily, cheerfully, according to your abilities, and as the necessity of the object requires: for such rules are always supposed, and to be observed; and though all are to be relieved, yet the circumstances of persons, and their relation to men, are to be considered, and special regard is to be had to the household of faith.

And from him that would borrow of thee, turn not away;
refuse him not, turn not away from him with a frown, or without speaking to him, or with a denial; look upon him with a pleasant countenance, cheerfully lend him what he wants, whether he be a Jew, from whom it was not lawful to take usury, or a stranger, from whom it, was lawful to take it, yet take it not; lend him freely, "hoping for nothing again", ( Luke 6:35 ) which must not be understood of not hoping for the money lent, for then it would be giving, and not lending; but of not hoping for any reward for lending it: and indeed the money itself is not to be hoped for again, when the circumstances of the borrower are such, that he is not able to make a return.

Matthew 5:42 In-Context

40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.
41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Cross References 1

  • 1. Deuteronomy 15:8; Luke 6:30
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