New International Version
"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'
King James Bible
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Darby Bible Translation
Ye have heard that it has been said, Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.
World English Bible
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
Young's Literal Translation
'Ye heard that it was said: Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
An eye for an eye - Our Lord refers here to the law of retaliation mentioned See Exodus 21:24, (see the note there, and see Leviticus 24:20 (note)), which obliged the offender to suffer the same injury he had committed. The Greeks and Romans had the same law. So strictly was it attended to at Athens, that if a man put out the eye of another who had but one, the offender was condemned to lose both his eyes, as the loss of one would not be an equivalent misfortune. It seems that the Jews had made this law (the execution of which belonged to the civil magistrate) a ground for authorizing private resentments, and all the excesses committed by a vindictive spirit. Revenge was often carried to the utmost extremity, and more evil returned than what had been received. This is often the case among those who are called Christians.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryAgree with Thine Adversary
Eversley, 1861. Windsor Castle, 1867. St. Matthew v. 25, 26. "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." This parable our Lord seems to have spoken at least twice, as He did several others. For we find it also in the 12th …
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eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury.
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
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