Instead of seeking revenge, the priests of Yah are to intercede and pray for others.
Shalom, and happy morning to you. When we are wronged, our first reaction is to seek revenge; to repay others for whatever they have done to us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and all that. Hebrew Israelites in particular are quick to cite these words from Torah while spewing nothing but vehemence for their perceived enemies. Now, seeking vengeance would be fitting for someone who was altogether innocent. A tooth should be knocked out for their tooth; an eye for their eye, and so forth.
The problem with this, however, is none of us are innocent. We are all guilty of iniquity; of trespassing against our neighbor in some way. We have all wronged someone else in our lives. Going by the tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye principle would therefore leave us all toothless and blind. This is why the judgment will be strange. All will soon learn they must be forgivers in order to be forgiven and enter the Kingdom. Instead of seeking revenge we are to intercede for others and pray that they repent and are blessed. The priests of Yah are called to do no less.
9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
—1 Peter 3:9
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