What Does The Bible Truly Mean By An Eye For An Eye, And A Tooth For A Tooth?
The Bible has a commonly quoted phrase “eye for an eye” and “tooth for a tooth”. The idea taught by many Judaeo-Christians is the punishment must fit the crime. We see the concept in Exodus 21:23-25. Of course, we know that if someone takes another’s life, the biblical teaching is that they must give their own life (more on capital punishment here). Those who take the innocent ife of God’s creation mankind (that’s men and women) do not respect God.
In Deuteronomy 19:15-18, we see the eye for an eye concept come up again. Deuteronomy makes it very clear. The eye for the eye concept is for people who give false witness against others. If someone is a false witness and lies to get someone killed, robbed, maimed, or hurt, that liar should have what the transgression done to him/her.
God is very serious about the truth. Liars are condemned as they have no place with God. From life in the Old Testament to the New Testament, every truth must be established by two or three witnesses. Where there are no witnesses, the truth cannot be known (except by the Holy Spirit of course!). All is laid bare before the Father.
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