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Punishment

 

 

What is the pattern for punishment in the scriptures?

IT IS LIMITED!

Deuteronomy 25:2  And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

 

IT IS A SIN TO PUNISH BEYOND WHAT IS JUST!

Deuteronomy 25:3  Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

— Cross Ref. for Deuteronomy 25:3

2 Corinthians 11:24  Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

Job 18:3  Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

 

EVEN WITH PUNISHMENT THERE WILL BE MERCY!

2 Samuel 7:14  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
15.  But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

– Cross Ref. for 2 Samuel 7:15

1 Samuel 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Psalms 89:32  Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

  1. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

Ezra 9:13  And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;

 

VARIOUS TYPES OF PUNISHMENT CONSIDERING THE MENTALLITY/ AND OR DISPOSTION OF EVIL, OF THE MAN!

 

Proverbs 17:10  A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

  1. An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

  2. Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

  3. The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

  4. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

– Cross Ref. for Proverbs 17:13

2 Samuel 12:10  Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

 

 

BEING FOOLISH IS ALSO CONSIDERED A SIN THAT REQUIRES PUNISHMENT! (HE WHO SAYS THERE IS NO GOD IS A FOOL)

 

Proverbs 18

 

  1. He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom.

  2. A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

  3. When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, And with ignominy cometh reproach.

  4. The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.

  5. To respect the person of the wicked is not good, Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

  6. A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes.

– Cross Ref. for Proverbs 18:4

Proverbs 20:5  Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 10:11  The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

– Cross Ref. for Proverbs 18:6

Proverbs 19:29  Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And stripes for the back of fools.

PURPOSE OF PUNISHMENT:

— King James

Proverbs 20:30  The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

WE CHOOSE THE LEVEL OF PUNISHMENT WE RECEIVE BY CONTINUED REBELLION OR SINNING

— King James

Isaiah 1:5  Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

  1. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil.

— Cross Ref. for Isaiah 1:6

Psalms 38:3  There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation; Neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.

— King James

Ezra 9:13  And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;

– King James

Job 31:3  Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

THE PUNISHMENT WE DESERVE HAS BEEN SUFFERED FOR US BY THE SON OF GOD, GOD IN THE FLESH:

— King James

Isaiah 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

  1. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  2. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

  3. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

  4. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

  5. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

  6. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

  7. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

 

A FORM OF PUNISHMENT WAS GIVEN HIM BEFORE HIS DEATH:

Isaiah 53

  1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

  2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

  3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

  4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted

  5. Psalms 69

  6.   Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.

  7.   I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

  8.   I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

  9.   They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

  10.   O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

  11.   Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.

  12.   Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.

  13.   I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

  14.   For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

  15.   When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

  16.   I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

  17.   They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

  18.   But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

  19.   Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

  20.   Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

  21.   Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

  22.   And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

  23.   Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

  24.   Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

  25.   Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

  26.   They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

  27.   Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.

  28.   Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.

  29.   Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.

  30.   Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

  31.   For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.

  32.   Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

  33.   Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

  34.   But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.

  35.   I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

  36.   This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

  37.   The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

  38.   For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.

  39.   Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.

  40.   For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.

  41.   The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

 

 

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR THE LEVEL OF PUNISHMENT? WHAT CAUSES THE GREATEST OF PUNISHMENT?

 

Luke 12:47  And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

 

AND WHAT WILL CAUSE THE FEWEST OF STRIPES OR LEAST PUNISHMENT?

Luke 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS VERSES ON PUNISHMENT:

 

Genesis 4:13  And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

Exodus 21:20  And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. – King James

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.

  1. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,

  2. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

  3. Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

  7. But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

  8. If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.

  9. Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.

  10. If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

  11. And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein;

  12. The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.

  13. And if one man’s ox hurt another’s, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the dead ox also they shall divide.

  14. Or if it be known that the ox hath used to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in; he shall surely pay ox for ox; and the dead shall be his own.

Exodus 22

  1. If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.

  2. If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.

  3. If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

  4. If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.

  5. If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man’s field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.

  6. If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith; he that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution.

  7. If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double.

  8. If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour’s goods.

  9. For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.

  10. If a man deliver unto his neighbour an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep; and it die, or be hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it:

  11. Then shall an oath of the Lord be between them both, that he hath not put his hand unto his neighbour’s goods; and the owner of it shall accept thereof, and he shall not make it good.

  12. And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof.

  13. If it be torn in pieces, then let him bring it for witness, and he shall not make good that which was torn.

  14. And if a man borrow ought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good.

  15. But if the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good: if it be an hired thing, it came for his hire.

  16. And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.

  17. If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.

  18. Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

  19. Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.

  20. He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

  21. Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

  22. Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

  23. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

  24. And My wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

  25. If thou lend money to any of My people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

  26. If thou at all take thy neighbour’s raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down:

  27. For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

  28. Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.

  29. Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto Me.

  30. Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it Me.

  31. And ye shall be holy men unto Me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs. Exodus 23

  1. Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

  2. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

  3. Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.

  4. If thou meet thine enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

  5. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

  6. Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

  7. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

  8. And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. — King James

Leviticus 19:20  And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free. – King James

Leviticus 26:18  And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. — King James

Leviticus 26:41  And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: — King James

Leviticus 26:43  The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.

 

– King James

Job 19:29  Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

 

Job 31:10  Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. 11.  For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

  1. For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.