Deuteronomy 19 :21

Deuteronomy 19 :21 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

And your eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

King James Version (KJV)

And your eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

American Standard Version (ASV)

And thine eyes shall not pity; life'shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Have no pity; let life be given for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Webster's Revision

And thy eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

World English Bible

Your eyes shall not pity; life [shall go] for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

English Revised Version (ERV)

And thine eye shall not pity; life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Definitions for Deuteronomy 19 :21

Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 19 :21

Life - for life, eye for eye, etc. - The operation of such a law as this must have been very salutary: if a man prized his own members, he would naturally avoid injuring those of others. It is a pity that this law were not still in force: it would certainly prevent many of those savage acts which now both disgrace and injure society. I speak this in reference to law generally, and the provision that should be made to prevent and punish ferocious and malevolent offenses. A Christian may always act on the plan of forgiving injuries; and where the public peace and safety may not be affected, he should do so; but if law did not make a provision for the safety of the community by enactment against the profligate, civil society would soon be destroyed.

Barnes' Commentary on Deuteronomy 19 :21

Wesley's Commentary on Deuteronomy 19 :21

19:21 Eye for eye - What punishment the law allotted to the accused, if he had been convicted, the same shall the false accuser bear.
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