38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [punishment that fits the offense].’39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights]; but whoever [a]slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other toward him also [simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise].40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, [b]let him have your coat also [for the Lord repays the offender].
Matthew 5:39In this context the “slap” is not an act of violence, but more likely an insult or violation of one’s rights.
Matthew 5:40Probably a prohibition against frivolous legal action.
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