tooth for tooth

Leviticus 24:20

24:20 tooth for tooth. See also Exodus 21:24; Deuteronomy 19:21. This is the famous “law of retaliation,” and was the prerogative of the civil government to maintain order in the nation. In modern governmental actions it has largely been replaced by monetary damages. On an individual basis, Jesus taught his disciples to return good for evil (see Matthew 5:38-41).

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