Biblical Principle #256: Israel’s Punishment for Parental Assault

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Under the Law of Moses, an Israelite who hit their father of mother was put to death.


Under the Law of Moses, GOD gave strict instructions about Israelites honoring their father and mother. If an Israelite hit their father or mother, they were to be put to death:

15 He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

Exodus 21:15 OSB

The New Testament writings repeat the instructions to honor father and mother. For example:

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may turn out well for you, and that you may live long on the earth.

Ephesians 6:1-3 NASB

Striking or assaulting one’s father or mother is the opposite of honoring them.

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