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An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

Posted by ESC on July 14, 2009 at 15:25

In Reply to: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth posted by Phlipper on July 14, 2009 at 14:42:

: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. I always viewed it as a form of promised revenge, but someone recently told me that it is really a limiter of revenge, meaning do no worse to someone than what they did to you. Don't escalate the revenge. I hadn't thought of it that way. Anyone else find this enlightening?

Yes, I do find that interesting. Never thought of it that way. "REVENGE. The returning of evil for evil -- retaliation. Although the Law of Moses sanctioned the principle of 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,' as a deterrent to aggressive action, the general tenor of scripture is against retaliation, instructing us that vengeance for wrongs committed against us should be left in the hands of the Lord." The Layman's Bible Encyclopedia by William C. Martin (1964, The Southwestern Co., Lakeside Press, Chicago) Page 700.