Matthew 5:38-39

Eye for Eye

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a]
39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.

Matthew 5:38-39 In-Context

36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’
39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21
  • 2. Luke 6:29; Romans 12:17,19; 1 Corinthians 6:7; 1 Peter 3:9

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Exodus 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21
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