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I would like to add to the already extensive discussion concerning revenge by asking a question. Recall the conversation between Polemarchus and Socrates in book one of The Republic. Polemarchus asserts that justice is doing good to friends and harm to enemies. Socrates says that just as punishing a horse creates in it worse vices, such would be the same with a man. Polemarchus agrees with him in the end that justice could never be doing harm to anyone, even an enemy. I am not sure if I agree with this, however, I believe there is something worth considering there. Furthermore, Romans 12:19-21 clearly states that we must not avenge ourselves. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but <i>rather</i> give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance <i>is</i> mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Revenge is for God to take. And, as it states in the verse, by doing good to our enemies, we are pouring burning coals upon their heads.