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    "An eye for an eye" was the Old Testament law's response to the unfettered human revenge impulse. In the Bible, that was represented by "the cry of Lamech" in Gen. 4:24:
    "I kill a man for wounding me, a young man for a blow. Cain may be avenged seven times, but Lamech seventy times seven."

    The formula appears in both Exodus and Leviticus, where it is permitted and not commanded. The interesting one is in Deuteronomy 19: When someone commits perjury, then the punishment is actually required: whatever judgment he tried to have inflicted on the defendant must be inflicted on him, "showing no mercy" - an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life.  Now, wouldn't that be a fit way to cut down on the common police practice of testilying?

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