Matthew 5:40
New International Version
And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.

New Living Translation
If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.

English Standard Version
And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

Berean Study Bible
if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well;

Berean Literal Bible
And to the one willing to sue you and to take your tunic, yield to him the cloak as well.

New American Standard Bible
"If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.

King James Bible
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

Christian Standard Bible
As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

Contemporary English Version
If someone sues you for your shirt, give up your coat as well.

Good News Translation
And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

International Standard Version
If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

NET Bible
And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, give him your coat also.

New Heart English Bible
And if anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whoever wants to sue you and take your coat, leave for him also your cloak.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If someone wants to sue you in order to take your shirt, let him have your coat too.

New American Standard 1977
“And if anyone wants to sue you, and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if anyone desires to sue thee at the law, and take away thy clothing, let him have thy cloak also.

King James 2000 Bible
And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

American King James Version
And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

American Standard Version
And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.

Darby Bible Translation
and to him that would go to law with thee and take thy body coat, leave him thy cloak also.

English Revised Version
And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one wishes to go to law with you and to deprive you of your under garment, let him take your outer one also.

World English Bible
If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

Young's Literal Translation
and whoever is willing to take thee to law, and thy coat to take -- suffer to him also the cloak.
Study Bible
Love Your Enemies
39But I tell you not to resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well; 41and if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:39
But I tell you not to resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also;

Matthew 5:41
and if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

Luke 6:29
If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone takes your cloak, do not withhold your tunic as well.

1 Corinthians 7:36
However, if someone thinks he is acting inappropriately toward his betrothed, and if she is beyond her youth and they ought to marry, let him do as he wishes; he is not sinning; they should get married.

Treasury of Scripture

And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

Luke 6:29
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

1 Corinthians 6:7
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?







Lexicon
if someone
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

wants
θέλοντί (thelonti)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

to sue
κριθῆναι (krithēnai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Passive
Strong's Greek 2919: Properly, to distinguish, i.e. Decide; by implication, to try, condemn, punish.

you
σοι (soi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

take
λαβεῖν (labein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2983: (a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

tunic,
χιτῶνά (chitōna)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5509: A tunic, garment, undergarment. Of foreign origin; a tunic or shirt.

let him have
ἄφες (aphes)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 863: From apo and hiemi; to send forth, in various applications.

[your]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

cloak
ἱμάτιον (himation)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2440: A long flowing outer garment, tunic. Neuter of a presumed derivative of ennumi; a dress.

as well;
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.
(40) If any man will sue thee at the law.--The Greek is somewhat stronger: If a man will go--i.e., is bent on going--to law with thee. The verse presents another aspect of the same temper of forbearance. Not in regard to acts of violence only, but also in dealing with the petty litigation that disturbs so many men's peace, it is better to yield than to insist on rights. St. Paul gives the same counsel to the believers at Corinth: "Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?" (1Corinthians 6:7). Here also, of course, the precept, absolutely binding, as far as self-interest is concerned, may be traversed by higher considerations.

Coat.--The close-fitting tunic worn next the body.

Cloke.--The outer flowing mantle, the more costly garment of the two. (Comp. John 19:23, and the combination of the two words, in Acts 9:39, "coats and garments.") The meaning of the illustration is obvious. It is wise rather to surrender more than is demanded, than to disturb the calm of our own spirit by wrangling and debate.

Verse 40. - The parallel passage, Luke 6:29b, gives the taking of the garments in the converse order. And if any man will sue thee; Revised Version, and if any man would go to law with thee. Notice that "will," "would" (τῷ θέλοντι), implies that the trial has not yet even begun. Do this even before it. And take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. Coat (χιτών), equivalent to tunic, "shirt-like under-garment" (Meyer). Cloke (ἱμάτιον), equivalent to over-cloak, "mantle-like over-garment, toga, which also served for a covering by night, and might not therefore be retained as a pledge over night (Exodus 22:26)' (Meyer). This is put second, as being the more valuable. In Luke, where there is no mention of the law-court, the thought seems to be merely of the violent removal of the garments, taking them as they came. Let him have (ἄφες αὐτῷ). More positive than Luke's "withhold not" (μὴ κωλύσῃς). 5:38-42 The plain instruction is, Suffer any injury that can be borne, for the sake of peace, committing your concerns to the Lord's keeping. And the sum of all is, that Christians must avoid disputing and striving. If any say, Flesh and blood cannot pass by such an affront, let them remember, that flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God; and those who act upon right principles will have most peace and comfort.
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