Christian Pilgrim


47. Capital Punishment

Genesis 9:6 - "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."

Genesis 42:22 - "And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required."

Exodus 21:24 - "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,"

Leviticus 24:20,21 - "Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again. And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death."

Deuteronomy 19:21 - "And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."

These verses prove that we should exercise equity in judgment. Matthew 5:38ff. does NOT get rid of this, as that passage applies to individuals, these passages show how the state should operate with regards punishment of evildoers.

Judges 8:20 - "And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth."

Those young in the faith find it difficult to believe in capital punishment, but it is right.

Ezekiel 13:19 - "And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?"

Some men ought to die!

Ezra 7:26 - "And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment."

Albeit a comment by Artaxerxes, a heathen king, but he spoke of punishment to fit the crime.