An eye for eye, tooth for tooth

Leviticus 24:19-20 If anyone injures his neighbor, whatever he has done must be done to him: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. As he has injured the other, so he is to be injured.


This is one of the laws Jesus modified. Can you imagine being in charge of enforcing this law?

6 responses to “An eye for eye, tooth for tooth

  • newcolors

    It sounds pretty good to me. What God layed out was a system by which the punishment fit the crime. Today in our society you have crimes that bear little or no consequences. There is not justice today. If there is…it’s just dumb luck.

    God is saying that if you cause pain or harm…there should be an equal punishment as to promote peace. No more, no less. It is not saying that if someone accidently knocks your tooth out…you should do the same to him. It is saying the punishment should fit the crime. Likewise…God is teaching that is someone steals a chicken…they should not be killled for it. Again….justice…eye for eye.

    Thanks for sharing this Scripture….

  • agnosticatheist


    Why did Jesus then change this command?

    Matthew 5:38-42
    38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.


  • Newcolors


    Good question. The Torah lays our instructions for a messed up world. God tells His people how to live. At one point God gives instructions for divorce…but wait…the bible also says God hates divorce. He does hate it….you and I can probably can understand why. He gives instructions for how to treat servants….does that mean His plan from the beginning was for us to have servants? I don’t think so. We messed this place up by disobedience to a simple command and His instructions were for His people as they journeyed thru a world of sin.

    Jesus did not change any of His Father’s instructions. What He did at times was explain the correct heart that should be behind obeying. God wants more than for me just to begrudgingly help you out if I see you by the side of the road…He wants me to go beyond the call of duty with a heart of love.

    Yes…the eye for an eye thing still stands…we should not exact a punishment beyond the merits of the offense. But more than that, I as a follower of Messiah, should imitatte Him. He gave all….

  • martin

    Turn the other cheek?

    Is that what we did as a christian nation to Afghanistan?

    If we truly followed Christ’s perfect plan, we would have let them blow up more of our buildings, say maybe the Sear’s Tower or Aon Center in Chicago.

    This is doormat martyr-like thinking in my opinion.

    I wonder if jesus ever actually said this or if it was introduced by the Romans at the council of Nicia to make the ignorant masses less likely to repspond with force or violence to the coming official new religion called christianity.

    Also if someone steals or sues to get my coat, I WILL NOT give him my shirt as well. I will beat the tar out of him and get my f–king coat back or hire a better lawyer and keep my shit.

    If you steal from my child, you will feel the unbridled wrath of an angry father as allowed by the limits of the law.

    Is Jesus trying to create a group of new age suckers?

    What about “thou shalt not steal?”

    I really don’t get how these lessons are proof
    that jesus was some great and spiritual teacher.

  • Sam

    This is not a Christian nation. It has rejected God. The true Nation of God is The Church (1Peter 2:9) and Not everyone who is associated with the Church. “Not everyone who says to me Lord Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” and Ephesians 5 says that no one who is immoral impure or greedy has an inheritance in the Kingdom of God. But those who are truly in Christ are transferred into the Kingdom even now (Colossians 1:13) and Ephesians 2:6 says that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. So everyone who is in Christ thought that 9-11 was a tragedy and knows that what happened was the work of Satan. America having its mind set on the things of America did what America thought that America should do. This is the mark of the Beast that is on the forehead and hands like Deuteronomy 6:8 they think the thoughts of their kingdom and do the works of their kingdom (foreheads and hands). But Christians wear a mark on their heads and right hands, which is thinking the thoughts and doing the works of their kingdom, which had nothing to do with Afghanistan.

    Martin, you would respond the way you would because you are not in the Kingdom of God, judging according to the Bible which is is judging righteously (John 7:24). The Spirit of God is utterly consistent and those who walk according to that Spirit are, as well. Justice is tolerating evil while remaining holy knowing that there is a better reward than another man’s death for my on personal revenge. The true Church will repeatedly be grouped with evil because those who are outside of the true Church have no clue how to discern the difference. The true church did nothing that you have accused it of and then justified your own actions by it. America did those things in the name of God and will be judged for that.

    I hope that you can calm down and read this openly because it will open your eyes to a huge mistake that is being heralded all over the world. That is that America is a Christian Nation and that anyone who is in Christ can then disobey his specific commands and not be punished. The original sin was over that same lie, “We can sin and not die”.

    No one who abides in Jesus sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

    In Jesus,


  • Josh

    At the time there was an issue with people over repaying each other, escalating things out of hand, using Mafia tactics. If one lost an eye, he would repay him by taking both eyes of the man who committed the crime.

    This command was moving in the same direction as what Jesus said later, moving towards love, and turning the other cheek.

    Being addressed to the people of Israel we must recognize their culture, and issues of the day.

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