An eye for an eye? A no for no.

By Simon Rocker
February 23, 2010

In a comment piece on Express Online, Chris Royford-Davis led the cheers for the Dubai assassination widely believed to be Mossad's handiwork.

His article, entitled “Why Can’t This Country Follow Israel’s Lead” included the paragraph:
“World opinion means nothing – whatever London, Washington or Damascus may say the Israelis are convinced that they are right. An eye for an eye is the most basic concept of natural justice, dating back 4,000 years to Babylonian times and is promoted three times in the Old Testament. Even in the New Testament Jesus says: Those who take up the sword shall die by the sword.”

I can’t help feeling uneasy about the reference to an “eye for eye”, even if he is citing it approvingly. Too often, it has been used to typecast Jews as vindictive and unforgiving (usually in contrast to the 'turn-the-other-cheek' values of the New Testament). But at least, here he quotes the New Testament in support of his views, too.


John Gold

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 16:49

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The 'Express Online' journalist (and yourself) have misquoted the passage, the new testament does not support the view of violence, revenge 'eye for an eye' or using swords for that matter, but the exact opposite. See below to read the quote you used in it's context.

Matthew 26:50
Yeshua said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then they came and laid hands on Yeshua, and took him. 26:51 Behold, one of those who were with Yeshua stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. 26:52 Then Yeshua said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I couldn’t ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 26:54 How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?”

Simon Rocker

Fri, 02/26/2010 - 16:21

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Thank you for your clarification on the NT comment, John


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