An eye for an eye (Mt 5:38-5:38)

“You have heard

That it was said.

‘An eye for an eye.

A tooth for a tooth.’”

 

Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη Ὀφθαλμὸν ἀντὶ ὀφθαλμοῦ καὶ ὀδόντα ἀντὶ ὀδόντος.

 

Once again, Matthew has Jesus cite Exodus, chapter 21:23.  They all had heard this old saying about revenge talked about (Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη).  An eye for an eye (Ὀφθαλμὸν ἀντὶ ὀφθαλμοῦ) and a tooth for a tooth (καὶ ὀδόντα ἀντὶ ὀδόντος.), plain and simple.  This Exodus citation started out by talking about what to do if you hit a pregnant woman that caused her to have a miscarriage.  Then you would have to pay the fine that the woman’s husband demanded, as approved by a judge.  If any harm followed, you ended up with the famous revenge concept of a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a stripe for a stripe.  This revenge concept was clear, even though it was a limited revenge.

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