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Treatment of Enemies

Various legal and theological regimes exist governing the treatment of enemies. Many religions have precepts favoring forgiveness and reconciliation with enemies. The Jewish Encyclopedia states that "atred of an enemy is a natural impulse of primitive peoples", while "willingness to forgive an enemy is a mark of advanced moral development". It contends that the teaching of the Bible, Talmud, and other writings, "gradually educates the people toward the latter stage", stating that "indications in the Bible of a spirit of hatred and vengeance toward the enemy... are for the most part purely nationalistic expressions—hatred of the national enemy being quite compatible with an otherwise kindly spirit".

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... The Book of Exodus states "If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again ... If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and thou wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him." The Book of Proverbs similarly states "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth", and "If thine enemy be hungry give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty give him water to drink ...

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