Donald Trump’s Favorite Bible Verse is “An Eye for an Eye”

Trump evangelicalThe “TWO Corinthians” mishap pales in comparison to Trump’s latest encounter with the Bible.

In an interview with Bob Lonsberry on WHAM radio in Rochester, NY, Donald Trump identified his favorite Bible verse.  Here is what he said:

And some people — look, an eye for an eye, you can almost say that…That’s not a particularly nice thing. But you know, if you look at what’s happening to our country, I mean, when you see what’s going on with our country, how people are taking advantage of us, and how they scoff at us and laugh at us…And they laugh at our face, and they’re taking our jobs, they’re taking our money, they’re taking the health of our country…And we have to be firm and have to be very strong. And we can learn a lot from the Bible, that I can tell you.

It appears that Trump is referencing Exodus 21:24–a passage from the second book of the Old Testament.  Here is Exodus 21::22-25.  I have highlighted verse 24.

If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,  eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

Jesus also had something to say about this verse.  Here is Matthew 5:38-39, a passage in the Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount”

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.


4 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s Favorite Bible Verse is “An Eye for an Eye”

  1. John

    When Marti told me about this post, I laughed and said that the verse about the seven times vengeance against anyone who kills Cain was more up Trump’s alley.

    Genesis 4:15 – But the LORD said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.



  2. Well, I think by the time he got to foreign policy, he forgot what the question even was. He just used it as a jumpoff point to contrast his macho with Obama’s fecklessness.

    Frankly, I think ‘turn the other cheek’ is on the personal level, not a political leader’s, and indeed, neither does Jesus say if someone rape your wife, offer him your daughter as well. Trump’s an idiot but he’s no fool, and to tsk-tsk him about being tough with America’s enemies is the stretch.

    Basically, he got caught up in his ignorance of the Bible and his stream-of-consciousness rant style, not theological or philological error.


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