Deuteronomy 19:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

New Living Translation
You must show no pity for the guilty! Your rule should be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

English Standard Version
Your eye shall not pity. It shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

New American Standard Bible
"Thus you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

King James Bible
And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and foot for foot."

International Standard Version
Your eyes must not show pity—life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and foot for foot."

NET Bible
You must not show pity; the principle will be a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, and a foot for a foot.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have no pity on him: [Take] a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, and a foot for a foot.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thine eye shall not pity, but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

King James 2000 Bible
And your eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

American King James Version
And your eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

American Standard Version
And thine eyes shall not pity; life'shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Douay-Rheims Bible
21Thou shalt not pity him, but shalt require life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Darby Bible Translation
And thine eye shall not spare: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

English Revised Version
And thine eye shall not pity; life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thy eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

World English Bible
Your eyes shall not pity; life [shall go] for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Young's Literal Translation
and thine eye doth not pity -- life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:15-21 Sentence should never be passed upon the testimony of one witness alone. A false witness should suffer the same punishment which he sought to have inflicted upon the person he accused. Nor could any law be more just. Let all Christians not only be cautious in bearing witness in public, but be careful not to join in private slanders; and let all whose consciences accuse them of crime, without delay flee for refuge to the hope set before them in Jesus Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - The lex talionis was in this case to be observed (cf. Exodus 21:23; Leviticus 24:20). Practically, however, a pecuniary compensation might be accepted for the offence (cf. Josephus, 'Antiq.,' 4:8, 35).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thine eye shall not pity,.... The false witness when convicted; this is directed to the judges, who should not spare such an one through favour or affection, but pronounce a righteous sentence on him, and see it executed, in proportion to the crime, and that according to the law of retaliation:

but life shall go for life; in such a case where the life of a person must have gone, if the falsehood of the testimony had not been discovered, the false witness must suffer death; in other cases, where a member would have been lost, or the price of it paid for, the same penalty was to be inflicted:

eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot; that is, the price of an eye an eye, &c. see Exodus 21:23.



Deuteronomy 19:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Testimony of Witnesses
20"The rest will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such an evil thing among you. 21"Thus you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Cross References
Matthew 5:38
"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'

Exodus 21:23
But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,

Exodus 21:24
eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

Leviticus 24:20
fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury.

Deuteronomy 19:13
Show no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.
Treasury of Scripture

And your eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

thine eye

Deuteronomy 19:13 Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the guilt of …

life shall

Exodus 21:23-25 And if any mischief follow, then you shall give life for life…

Leviticus 24:17-21 And he that kills any man shall surely be put to death…

Matthew 5:38,39 You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth …

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