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Revenge and retaliation

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Scripture teaches that it is wrong to strike back or to return evil for evil, whether by immediate retaliation or by taking revenge later. Justice must be done, but this must be left in the hands of God, or of the authorities ordained by God.

OT teaching about revenge Revenge forbidden in the OT Ge 4:15; Le 19:18; Dt 32:35; Pr 20:22 See also Dt 19:5–7; Dt 19:11–13; Dt 23:7; Pr 24:29; Je 29:7 The “lex talionis” (law of exacting like for like) Ex 21:23–25 See also Le 24:17–21; Dt 19:18–21 Personal revenge forbidden in the NT By Jesus Christ…
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