Deuteronomy 19:21
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.

Berean Study Bible
You must show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and 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.

New King James Version
Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

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

NASB 1995
"Thus you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

NASB 1977
“Thus you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Amplified Bible
You shall not show pity [to the guilty one]: it shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and 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."

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your eye shall not have pity, but a life in exchange for life, an eye in exchange for an eye, a tooth in exchange for a tooth, a hand in exchange for a hand, a foot in exchange for a foot.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thine eye shall not spare him: thou shalt exact life 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.

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.

Good News Translation
In such cases show no mercy; the punishment is to 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.

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."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thine eye shall not pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Literal Standard Version
And your eye does not pity—life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, 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.

New Heart English Bible
Your eyes shall not pity: life 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Testimony of Two or Three Witnesses
20Then the rest of the people will hear and be afraid, and they will never again do anything so evil among you. 21You must show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and 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 a serious injury results, then you must require a life for a 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. Just as he injured the other person, the same must be inflicted on him.

Deuteronomy 19:13
You must show him no pity. You are to purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, 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
Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.

life shall

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

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

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









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).





Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
You must show no pity:
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

life
נֶ֣פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

for life,
בְּנֶ֗פֶשׁ (bə·ne·p̄eš)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

eye
עַ֤יִן (‘a·yin)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

for eye,
בְּעַ֙יִן֙ (bə·‘a·yin)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

tooth
שֵׁ֣ן (šên)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 8127: A tooth, ivory, a cliff

for tooth,
בְּשֵׁ֔ן (bə·šên)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular
Strong's 8127: A tooth, ivory, a cliff

hand
יָ֥ד (yāḏ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

for hand,
בְּיָ֖ד (bə·yāḏ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

[and] foot
רֶ֥גֶל (re·ḡel)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda

for foot.
בְּרָֽגֶל׃ (bə·rā·ḡel)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda


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