On Thursday, Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump was doing an interview with conservative talk show host Bob Lonsberry on WHAM 1180 AM. Lonsberry asked Trump if he had a favorite Bible verse or parable that “informed” his thinking or influenced his character.
Well, I think many,” Trump responded. “I mean, when we get into the Bible, I think many, so many. And some people, look, an ‘eye for an eye,’ you can almost say that. That’s not a particularly nice thing.
Trump then went into his spiel about how America’s the nerdy kid at school getting his lunch money taken by all the other stronger, cooler countries:
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. We have to be very firm and have to be very strong.
Here’s a video of the radio interview.
As with most things, Trump doesn’t understand the context of Exodus 21: 22 – 25, which states:
If men strive and strike a pregnant woman, so that there is a miscarriage, and no harm follows, he shall surely be punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him. And he shall pay as the judges determine. 23. And if any injury occurs, then you shall give life for life, 24. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25. Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe
This verse had nothing to do with foreign policy or trade agreements, people like Trump just twisted it to fit their agenda. But Trump’s probably not very familiar with this verse from Mathew 5: 38 – 39, which quotes Jesus as saying:
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you . . .
That verse refers to not taking personal revenge on those who wrong you, something that Trump admittedly has difficulty doing. Here’s what Trump said about his biggest weakness during the CNBC Republican debate last year.
I trust people too much,” the Donald answered with his usual conviction. “And when they let me down, if they let me down, I never forgive. I find it very, very hard to forgive people that deceived me
America could elect a president in November whose favorite Bible verse is “an eye for ane eye,” and whose greatest weakness is that he “never” forgives. What could possibly go wrong?