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This is the famous "law of retaliation," and was the prerogative of the civil government to maintain order in the nation (Exodus 21:24; Deuteronomy 19:21). In modern governmental actions, it has largely been replaced by monetary damages. On an individual basis, Jesus taught his disciples to return good for evil (Matthew 5:38-41).
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8