Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well”. (Matthew 5:38-39)
The statement, “an eye for an eye… ” is often inaccurately attributed to Jesus but Jesus only referred to it. It was an old Jewish statement. What did He mean?
Here are two internet answers:-
- It is not about revenge. It is about responsibility and accepting the results of your actions.
- In Jewish law, the word used is not “for” but “tachat” which means under, or in place of, and is a technical word meaning “monetary value that stands in for” so, the law requires the person who took out the eye to pay the monetary equivalent as part of the punishment.
Lord Jesus, may I act responsibly at all times and give freely of my love, as I hope others will do towards me.
Prayer: Love (St Richard)
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly
and Follow Thee more nearly.