The Law of Moses forbids the beating of any human being, including children, women and servants, upon pain of punishment of like with like

Exodus 21 v

18 And if men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed: 19 If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit: only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.

20 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. 21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.

22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

26 And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye’s sake. 27 And if he smite out his manservant’s tooth, or his maidservant’s tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth’s sake.

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4 Responses to The Law of Moses forbids the beating of any human being, including children, women and servants, upon pain of punishment of like with like

  1. Anonymous says:

    According to Biblical literalists, Exod 21:26-27 just make two exceptions on the beatings of slaves: eye and tooth.
    Exod 21:20 gives a broader free pass without punishment for slave master to beat up his slaves on their chest, head, ribs, crunch, back, even their face (nose, ears, chin, cheeks) as long as he doesn’t damage anything of slave’s eye and tooth only.

  2. madmanna says:

    It’s not a beating in any case.

    It’s a blow with the rod that does not cause a wound or mark but which causes the slave to fall or have some kind of accident that makes him unable to work for a maximum of 2 days.

    If an islamic slave says something wrong about Mohammed he can be beaten to pulp.

  3. Sorry if this is quite improper but it is not off topic anyhow, it permissible for the Jews and Christian masters to sexually abuse their female slave with a small rod inserted to her crotch or/and buttock to be the method of disciplining her? The Bible is silent on this? please give me you answer. Thank you

  4. madmanna says:

    The same law covers all moral actions between any two human beings. So this action would be outlawed.

    Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Leviticus 19 v 18

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