Matthew 5:41
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English Standard Version
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

King James Bible
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

American Standard Version
And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two,

English Revised Version
And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him twain.

Webster's Bible Translation
And whoever shall constrain thee to go one mile, go with him two.

Weymouth New Testament
And whoever shall compel you to convey his goods one mile, go with him two.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Shall compel thee to go (ἀγγαρεύσει)

This word throws the whole injunction into a picture which is entirely lost to the English reader. A man is travelling, and about to pass a post-station, where horses and messengers are kept in order to forward royal missives as quickly as possible. An official rushes out, seizes him, and forces him to go back and carry a letter to the next station, perhaps to the great detriment of his business. The word is of Persian origin, and denotes the impressment into service, which officials were empowered to make of any available persons or beasts on the great lines of road where the royal mails were carried by relays of riders.

Matthew 5:41 Parallel Commentaries

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compel.

Matthew 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Mark 15:21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold on one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross...

Cross References
Matthew 5:40
And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

Matthew 5:42
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Mark 15:21
And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.

2 Corinthians 5:14
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

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