New American Standard Bible
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
King James Bible
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Darby Bible Translation
See that no one render to any evil for evil, but pursue always what is good towards one another and towards all;
World English Bible
See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good, for one another, and for all.
Young's Literal Translation
see no one evil for evil may render to any one, but always that which is good pursue ye, both to one another and to all;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
See that none render evil for evil - See the notes on Matthew 5:39, Matthew 5:44. The meaning here is, that we are not to take vengeance; compare notes on Romans 12:17, Romans 12:19. This law is positive, and is universally binding. The moment we feel ourselves acting from a desire to "return evil for evil," that moment we are acting wrong. It may be right to defend our lives and the lives of our friends; to seek the protection of the law for our persons, reputation, or property, against those who would wrong us; to repel the assaults of calumniators and slanderers, but in no case should the motive be to do them wrong for the evil which they have done us.
But ever follow that which is good - Which is benevolent, kind, just, generous; see the notes, Romans 12:20-21.
Both among yourselves, and to all men - The phrase "to all men," seems to have been added to avoid the possibility of misconstruction. Some might possibly suppose that this was a good rule to be observed toward those of their own number, but that a greater latitude in avenging injuries might be allowable toward their enemies out of the church. The apostle, therefore, says that the rule is universal. It relates to the pagan, to infidels, sceptics, and persecutors, as well as to the members of the church. To every man we are to do good as we are able - no matter what they do to us. This is the rule which God himself observes toward the evil and unthankful (notes, Matthew 5:45), and is one of the original and beautiful laws of our holy religion.
"Tired nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep." Sleep God hath selected as the very figure for the repose of the blessed. "They that sleep in Jesus," saith the Scripture. David puts it amongst the peculiar gift's of grace: "So he giveth his beloved sleep." But alas! sin could not let even this alone. Sin did over-ride even this celestial metaphor; and though God himself had employed sleep to express the excellence of the state of the blessed, yet sin must have even this profaned, ere itself can be …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857
Thirty-First Lesson. Pray Without Ceasing;'
Be Ye Therefore Perfect, Even as Your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect. Matthew 5:48.
Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
1 Peter 3:9
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
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