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The meaning and origin of the expression: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

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An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

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Meaning

The notion that for every wrong done there should be a compensating measure of justice.

Origin

From the Code of Hammurabi. Hammurabi was King of Babylon, 1792-1750BC. The code survives today in the Akkadian language. Used in the Bible, Matthew 5:38 (King James Version):

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