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An Eye for an Eye a Tooth for a Tooth.

Posted by M. J. Adams on November 20, 2002

The origin is correctly quoted as Hammurabi, however the reference in Exodus is better that that from Matthew. Refer to: Exodus 21, vs. 23-26:

"Wherever hurt is done, you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, bruise for bruise, wound for wound."