The Mountain: The Extra Mile

Jesus gave yet another example of the spirit of God’s word (42):

It has also been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’

But I say, do not seek revenge against any other person.

eye for eye

If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek, too.

If someone wants to sue you in court for your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

If a soldier demands that you carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles.


Whenever another person asks you for something, give it to him.

Whenever another person wants to borrow something, lend it to him.

Whenever you’re labeled the loser in any of these situations, you haven’t lost anything of lasting value.

But, when you gain any victory over your wounded pride, then you’ve got something of timeless value.


(42) Matthew 5:38-42