While the Bible insists on an eye for an eye, Rabbinic interpretation has always rejected this literal reading. How is this justified? The verse reads: And should a man maim his fellow as he has done so shall it be done to him…an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…such a blemish shall be given to himSince the verse already taught as he has done so shall it be done to him it is superfluous to repeat…such a blemish shall be given to him. The superfluous verse is there, explained the Rabbis, to limit the punishment to that which is "given" namely – monetary compensation. In our tradition, the reward of reading the Bible closely and respecting every word is a more humane way of life.