Stoning unruly children
Stoning unruly children is a practice commanded by the Old Testament. Stoning is a method of execution performed by throwing stones at a restrained victim. This fact often irks fundamentalist Christians and Orthodox Jews, who believe in the literal truth of the text, but who almost never follow this particular commandment due to modern conceptions of morality. The punishment stated by the Old Testament is jarringly out of proportion to the crime.
- If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
- Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
- And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
- And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.