What are the effects of revenge? - Revenge - TouchPoints

What are the effects of revenge?

Judges 15:1-10Samson said, “This time I cannot be blamed for everything I am going to do to you Philistines.” Then he went out and caught three hundred foxes. He tied their tails together in pairs, and he fastened a torch to each pair of tails. Then he lit the torches and let the foxes run through the fields of the Philistines. He burned all their grain to the ground . . . “Who did this?” the Philistines demanded. “Samson,” was the reply . . . So the Philistines went and got the woman and her father and burned them to death. “Because you did this,” Samson vowed, “I will take my revenge on you, and I won’t stop until I’m satisfied!” So he attacked the Philistines with great fury and killed many of them . . . The Philistines retaliated by setting up camp in Judah and raiding the town of Lehi.

Revenge is a vicious cycle. Revenge demands revenge, and so on in a downward spiral that ends in the destruction of all involved. Beware that when you want to give the next hit, the revenge that comes back may be more than you can take.

Proverbs 26:27If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will roll back and crush you.

2 Samuel 3:26-29; 1 Kings 2:30-34When Abner arrived at Hebron, Joab took him aside at the gateway as if to speak with him privately. But then he drew his dagger and killed Abner in revenge for killing his brother Asahel. When David heard about it, he declared, “I vow by the Lord that I and my people are innocent of this crime against Abner. Joab and his family are the guilty ones. May his family in every generation be cursed with a man who has open sores or leprosy or who walks on crutches or who dies by the sword or who begs for food!” . . . “Kill him there beside the altar and bury him . . . Then the Lord will repay him for the murders of two men who were more righteous and better than he. For my father was no party to the deaths of Abner . . . and Amasa . . .So Benaiah . . . killed Joab . . .

Psalm 57:6My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it.

Revenge has a boomerang effect that will come back to hurt us again and again.

Amos 1:11-12This is what the Lord says: “The people of Edom have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer!”

Ezekiel 25:12-17“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Edom have sinned greatly by avenging themselves against the people of Judah. Therefore, says the Sovereign Lord, I will raise my fist of judgment against Edom. I will wipe out its people and animals with the sword. I will make a wasteland of everything from Teman to Dedan. I will accomplish this by the hand of my people of Israel. They will carry out my vengeance with anger, and Edom will know that this vengeance is from me. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken! “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Philistia have acted against Judah out of bitter revenge and long-standing contempt. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will raise my fist of judgment against the land of the Philistines. I will wipe out the Kerethites and utterly destroy the people who live by the sea. I will execute terrible vengeance against them to punish them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted my revenge, they will know that I am the Lord.”

And the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Edom have sinned greatly by avenging themselves against the people of Judah. Therefore, says the Sovereign Lord, I will raise my fist of judgment against Edom.

A vengeful spirit will be punished.

Esther 3:1-6; 6:11-12; 7:9-10When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. So he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Since he had learned that Mordecai was a Jew, he decided to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes . . . Haman took the robe and put it on Mordecai and led him through the city square shouting, “This is what happens to those the king wishes to honor.” Afterward . . . Haman hurried home dejected and completely humiliated . . . “Haman has set up a gallows . . . He intended to use it to hang Mordecai . . . “Then hang Haman on it!” the king ordered.

Genesis 34:1-2, 25-30when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw her, he took her and raped her . . . Simeon and Levi, took their swords, entered the town without opposition, and slaughtered every man there . . .

Deuteronomy 20:19“When you are attacking a town and the war drags on, you must not cut down the trees with your axes. You may eat the fruit, but do not cut down the trees. Are the trees your enemies, that you should attack them?

When you are besieging a town and the war drags on, do not destroy the trees. Eat the fruit, but do not cut down the trees. They are not enemies that need to be attacked!

Revenge can lead to overkill. Beware when you want to give the next hit, for the one that comes back may be more than you can take.