An Eye for an Eye

"And if a man inflicts a wound in his fellow, as he did, so shall be done to him: a break for a break, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; just as he will have inflicted a wound on a person, so shall be inflicted upon him." (Leviticus 24:19)

"This passage contains perhaps the most misunderstood phrase in the Torah: an eye for eye." (ArtScroll Chumash, Stone Edition, footnote p693)

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." (Mahatma Gandhi)

an eye for an eye
a tooth for a tooth
a writ for a wrong

a bow to the judge
the law as it stands
the law in his hands
to pull on his gloves
to tip back the scales
rebalance the books
an audit of flesh
a gash or a break
to weigh up in cash
a price on a head
an arm and a leg
from black unto red

an eye for an eye
a tooth for a tooth
two wrongs for a right

a bow to the judge
a grudge and a vow
to take off your gloves
the law in your hands
the blood on your hands
to not turn your cheek
to not bless the meek
to do unto him
as he did to you
to give him his due
to pay back in kind
to make them all blind

an eye for an eye
a tooth for a tooth
a writ for a wrong
two wrongs for a right
a truth or a lie
a lie or a truth


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