MATTHEW 5:39

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But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

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Matthew 5:39 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
I ἐγὼ I, me I
say λέγω Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean say
unto you, ὑμῖν To (with or by) you unto you
That ye resist ἀντιστῆναι To stand against, i.e., oppose resist
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
evil: πονηρῷ· Hurtful, i.e., evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e., diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e., derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners evil
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
whosoever ὅστις Which some, i.e., any that; also (definite) which same whosoever
shall smite ῥαπίσει To slap smite
thee σε Thee thee
on ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc on
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
right δεξιάν The right side or (feminine) hand (as that which usually takes) right
cheek, σιαγόνα The jaw-bone, i.e., (by implication) the cheek or side of the face cheek
turn στρέψον To twist, i.e., turn quite around or reverse (literally or figuratively) turn
to him αὐτῷ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons to him
the τὴν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
other ἄλλην· "else," i.e., different (in many applications) other
also. καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words also

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  • 37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

  • 38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

  • 39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

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

  • 41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.




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