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Exodus 20:5-6: You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 34:7: keeping steadfast love for ...


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The Jewish elders were so true to the letter of the law that they often ignored its spirit. Remember that they chastised the disciples of Jesus for plucking corn on a Sabbath day . Stopping the whip at 40 would be OK, but could sometimes lead to a situation in which an onlooker might complain that the flogging had exceeded 40. Just to avoid such a situation ...


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What is the basis for believing that 40 lashes would be deadly (especially in Roman law or jurisprudence)? This is a false assumption! For one thing, the Romans were not limited in the number of strokes they could mete out. True some died under the sentence of flagellation, but historians generally do not give the number of strokes applied. In the ...


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