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Where in the Bible does it say eye for an eye tooth for a tooth?

The passage in Leviticus states, “And a man who injures his countryman – as he has done, so it shall be done to him [namely,] fracture under/for fracture, eye under/for eye, tooth under/for tooth. Just as another person has received injury from him, so it will be given to him.” (Lev. 24:19–21).

What does eye for an eye tooth for a tooth mean?

saying. said to show that you believe if someone does something wrong, that person should be punished by having the same thing done to them.

Who said an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth?


Which theory of punishment is described in Old Testament as an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth?

Talion, Latin lex talionis, principle developed in early Babylonian law and present in both biblical and early Roman law that criminals should receive as punishment precisely those injuries and damages they had inflicted upon their victims. Many early societies applied this “eye-for-an-eye” principle literally.

What is the quote an eye for an eye?

“An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.”

Where does an eye for an eye come from?

Biblical scholars generally interpret “eye for eye,” which was derived from the ancient Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, as a restriction on retaliation for personal injuries — in other words, only an eye for an eye. But in Matthew (5:38-42) in the New Testament, Jesus repudiates even that notion.

Who said an eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind?

Mahatma Gandhi

Is an eye for an eye justified?

‘An eye for an eye’ is often used to justify punitive actions. If someone does something we consider inappropriate, it is used to justify the punishment we prescribe without impunity. As Sir Isaac Newton said, “For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction.” ‘An eye for an eye’ expresses this principle.