Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
"Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.
If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
Give to everyone who comes with a request, and if a man takes away your property, make no attempt to get it back again.
Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.
"Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.
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1 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).
2 tn Grk “your things,” sometimes translated “what is yours” or “what belongs to you.”
3 sn Do not ask for your possessions back… is an example of showing forgiveness. Paul’s remarks in 1 Cor 6:7 may reflect this principle.