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16 . "eye for an eye.....teaches even punishment....not retribution. And isn't usually referenced in civil matters but rather those of law...."
Posted by Chicagoclipper on Dec-21-17 at 06:57 PM (Eastern)
Posted on Dec-21-17 at 06:57 PM (Eastern) by

Eye for eye – a primary principle of most legal system

God established a law of even retribution (eye for eye) to stop the multiplication of evil (See: Exodus 21:22-25; Leviticus 24:17-22; Deuteronomy 19:15-21). This law was intended for judicial action not personal revenge (cf. Leviticus18:15-18).

It’s the law of Lex Talionis (“measure for measure”) to make punishment proportional to the crime and it remains a primary principle of most legal system.

As one has well-stated that, “God gives by concession a legal regulation as a dam against the river of violence which flows from man’s evil heart.”

Twofold purpose

The “Eye for an eye” law had a twofold purpose: first, to curtail further crime (Deuteronomy 19:20, “the rest will hear and be afraid,” punishment tends to deter evil) and, secondly, to limit retribution or excessive punishment (“eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand,…”, a punishment that fits the crime).

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