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Introduction to Measure for Measure by Daniel Colvin Measure for Measure takes it title from the Gospel according to Matthew with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again Matthew 72 a passage from the Sermon on the Mount one of Christs most famous sermons Among other things this sermon emphasizes the difference between outer sanctity and inner corruption between seeming and being Like the play the Sermon on the Mount stresses the world of the soul the intentions the mind emphasizing not only on what a person does but also what he thinks Jesus finds that the inner life is even more significant than the outer life He takes the Ten Commandments and extrapolates their statements to include intentionality the Commandment says we are not to kill but he says that anger is just as bad More to the point he speaks about the world of sexual activities Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time Thou shalt not commit adultery But I say unto you That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart And if thy right eye offend thee pluck it out and cast it from thee for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell And if thy right hand offend thee cut it off and cast it from thee for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell Matthew 527-29 The law as figured in the Ten Commandments can speak to behavior distinguishing between what is good and what is bad but it cannot speak to attitude and intention Moreover in its specificity the law is prone to become concrete legalism a pharisaical focus on
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