eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

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Compensation for injury caused by a person, in the form of inflicting of an identical injury on that person.

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  • Reference to Exodus 21:23-25: "And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe".
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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