“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth“. How many times have we heard this scripture used to justify one’s retaliation? I’ve heard it used, more than once. When someone speaks ill of us, or wrongs us, it sure makes us “want to get even.” However, if we read the next few verses, we find that “getting even”, (if I understand it, correctly), isn’t the correct teaching here.

Read with me, Matthew 5:38-42.
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“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury:’An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”

“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” is really not about how we see it but about how Jesus sees it.