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Mercy only applies when wrong is done. If you chop someones hand off by accident. by all means, That person SHOULD be allowed to decapitate your hand. After all, it would of been YOUR FAULT. Sure you might feel wronged. But again carelessness does lead to Death.
Plenty of people die to others carelessness. if we simply brushed it all off there would be no punishment for those who act carelessly.
Kind of like what most of society is like right now. But again not, because as with Yahwehs teachings Justice is justice reguardless of how you paint it negative or positive. If you don't feel that way then don't put yourself in a position where decapitating someone can happen.
In our society, modern society. Our punishment retraces all outlets to court and law. So when someone takes punishment into their own hands Example. You lose a hand so you chop the other guys hand off. You could get charged. Because of money and how it's corrupted our ability to Judge. A hand earns money so it would likely be charged unless of course there is evidence that the man chopped your hand off. in that case. Both parties are charged.
Could you imagine if a judge let rapists and killers go because they * Cried mercy?*
Not in a realistic and functional society would you want to see that happen. Jesus sure said some appealing things but they were simply not practical. And the Jews wrote a lot of messed up things as well.
Neither the old or the new testament are the answer to our current delima because they both were written thousands of years ago.