Matthew 5:42
New International Version
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

New Living Translation
Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.

English Standard Version
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

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

Berean Literal Bible
Give to the one asking of you, and you shall not turn away from the one desiring to borrow from you.

New American Standard Bible
"Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

King James Bible
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Christian Standard Bible
Give to the one who asks you, and don't turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Contemporary English Version
When people ask you for something, give it to them. When they want to borrow money, lend it to them.

Good News Translation
When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Give to the one who asks you, and don't turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

International Standard Version
Give to the person who asks you for something, and do not turn away from the person who wants to borrow something from you."

NET Bible
Give to the one who asks you, and do not reject the one who wants to borrow from you.

New Heart English Bible
Give to him who asks you, and do not turn away him who desires to borrow from you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever asks you, give to him, and whoever wants to borrow from you, do not refuse him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give to everyone who asks you for something. Don't turn anyone away who wants to borrow something from you.

New American Standard 1977
“Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give to him that asks of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

King James 2000 Bible
Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not away.

American King James Version
Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away.

American Standard Version
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.

Darby Bible Translation
To him that asks of thee give, and from him that desires to borrow of thee turn not away.

English Revised Version
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Webster's Bible Translation
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not thou away.

Weymouth New Testament
To him who asks, give: from him who would borrow, turn not away.

World English Bible
Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you.

Young's Literal Translation
to him who is asking of thee be giving, and him who is willing to borrow from thee thou mayest not turn away.
Study Bible
Love Your Enemies
41and if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. 43You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:7
If there is a poor man among your brothers within any of the gates in the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from your poor brother.

Deuteronomy 15:8
Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him whatever he needs.

Proverbs 21:26
All day long he covets more, but the righteous give without restraint.

Ecclesiastes 11:2
Divide your portion among seven, or even eight, for you do not know what disaster may befall the land.

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

Luke 6:34
And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.

1 Timothy 6:18
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, and to be generous and ready to share,

Treasury of Scripture

Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away.

Matthew 25:35-40
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: …

Deuteronomy 15:7-14
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: …

Job 31:16-20
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; …







Lexicon
Give
δός (dos)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

to the [one]
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.

who asks
αἰτοῦντί (aitounti)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 154: To ask, request, petition, demand. Of uncertain derivation; to ask.

you,
σε (se)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 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.

do not turn away from
ἀποστραφῇς (apostraphēs)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 654: To turn away, pervert, remove; I restore, replace; mid: I desert, reject. From apo and strepho; to turn away or back.

the [one]
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative 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.

who wants
θέλοντα (thelonta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

to borrow
δανίσασθαι (danisasthai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Middle
Strong's Greek 1155: To lend; mid: I borrow. From daneion; to loan on interest; reflexively, to borrow.

from
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

you.
σοῦ (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
(42) Give to him that asketh.--Here again our Lord teaches us by the method of a seeming paradox, and enforces a principle binding upon every one in the form of a rule which in its letter is binding upon no man. Were we to give to all men what they ask, we should in many cases be cursing, not blessing, them with our gifts. Not so does our Father give us what we ask in prayer; not so did Christ grant the prayers of His disciples. That which the words really teach as the ideal of the perfect life which we ought to aim at, is the loving and the giving temper that sees in every request made to us the expression of a want of some kind, which we are to consider as a call to thoughtful inquiry how best to meet the want, giving what is asked for if we honestly believe that it is really for the good of him who asks, giving something else if that would seem to be really better for him. Rightly understood, the words do not bid us idly give alms to the idle or the impostor; and St. Paul's rule, "If a man will not work, neither let him eat" (2Thessalonians 3:10), is not a departure from the law of Christ, but its truest application and fulfilment.

From him that would borrow.--The force of the precept depends on its connection with the Jewish Law, which forbade not only what we call usury, i.e., excessive interest, but all interest on loans where debtor and creditor alike were Israelites (Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:37; Deuteronomy 23:19-20). From our modern point of view that law cannot be regarded as in harmony with the present order of society, nor consistent with our modern views of financial justice. It is not the less true, however, that in the education of a family or nation, such a prohibition may be a necessary and useful discipline. We should look with scorn on boys who lent on interest to their brothers or their schoolfellows, and the ideal of the Law of Moses was that of treating all Israelites as brothers brought under the discipline of the schoolmaster. As if with a prescient insight into the besetting temptation of the race, the lawgiver forbade a practice which would have destroyed, and eventually did destroy, the sense of brotherhood (Nehemiah 5:1-13), leaving it open to receive interest from strangers who were outside the limits of the family (Deuteronomy 23:20). The higher law of Christ treats all men as brothers, and bids us, if it is right to lend as an act of charity, to do so for love, and not for profit. Cases where the business of the world calls for loans not for the relief of want, but as a matter of commercial convenience, lie obviously outside the range of the precept.

Verse 42. - (Cf. Luke 6:30, 34a, 35.) The connexion is as follows: Our Lord spoke first (ver. 39) of entire submission to injuries; then (ver. 40) of acceptance of loss of property; then (ver. 41) of acceptance of a burden imposed; here of acceptance of a demand for pecuniary assistance. This, in its turn, forms an easy transition to the subject of ver. 43, sqq. Give to him that asketh thee, etc. This verse has been often adduced by unbelievers to prove the incompatibility of our Lord's utterances with the conditions of modern society. Wrongly. Because our Lord is inculcating the proper spirit of Christian life, not giving rules to be literally carried out irrespective of circumstances. Hammond (vide Ford) points out that we have "a countermand" in 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 10. (For the possibility of accounting for the verbal differences between this verse and Luke 6:30 by supposing an Aramaic original, see Professor Marshall, in the Expositor, April, 1891, p. 287.) 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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