6:29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 1 offer the other as well, 2 and from the person who takes away your coat, 3 do not withhold your tunic 4 either. 5 6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 6 and do not ask for your possessions 7 back 8 from the person who takes them away.
1 sn The phrase strikes you on the cheek probably pictures public rejection, like the act that indicated expulsion from the synagogue.
2 sn This command to offer the other cheek as well is often misunderstood. It means that there is risk involved in reaching out to people with God’s hope. But if one is struck down in rejection, the disciple is to continue reaching out.
3 tn Or “cloak.”
5 sn The command do not withhold your tunic either is again an image of continually being totally at risk as one tries to keep contact with those who are hostile to what Jesus and his disciples offer.
6 sn Jesus advocates a generosity and a desire to meet those in dire need with the command give to everyone who asks you. This may allude to begging; giving alms was viewed highly in the ancient world (Matt 6:1-4; Deut 15:7-11).
7 tn Grk “your things,” sometimes translated “what is yours” or “what belongs to you.”