Eye for an eye

Growing up, you always heard, an eye for an eye.  The problem was, it ended there.  it didn’t go to the rest of it.  So, growing up, you always would be lead to believe that it’s ok to retaliate in the same manner.  What people forget is that the next verse is also a well know verse.

Passage Matthew 5:38-48:

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

   39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Without reading the book, fully, one might think that the verses contradict each other, however, they complement each other.  The rest of the chapter reads as follows:

40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

   41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

   42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

   43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

   44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

   45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

   46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

   47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

   48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

I find these verses to be quite informative and educational.  Really, read them.  They speak volumes about how we are to treat those that treat us poorly.

One Sunday, in Sunday School, we actually discussed the turning of the other cheek.  One of our members of the church commented that it works.  She had someone go up to her and slap her, she turned her head and offered the other cheek.  Took the person aback and they left her alone.  Now, do I think that would happen every time?  Nope, I don’t think so.  But what a testimony, right?

So, yes, I find the verses interesting and educational, and love that when read in context, they are wonderful and tolerant.


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