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flogged with forty

Deuteronomy 25:1-3 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 25:1 “If there is a dispute between men, they are to go seek justice, and the judges will hear their case. They will clear the innocent and condemn the guilty.
Deuteronomy 25:2 If the guilty party deserves to be flogged, the judge will make him lie down and be flogged in his presence with the number of lashes appropriate for his crime.
Deuteronomy 25:3 He may be flogged with forty lashes, but none added to it. Or else, if he is flogged with lashes added to these, your brother will be degraded in your sight.

flogged with forty

The concern here is dealing with an injustice without causing another injustice. Criminals guilty of minor crimes could be flogged, and go home. Even the flogging was limited so that both crime and punishment could be eventually forgotten. Incarceration does not allow for that. Too often, prison becomes a place to learn how to become a more efficient criminal.

Lord, help us build justice systems that deal with crime quickly, and change those that produce more crime.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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