mida keneged mida


  • sent. 'The punishment fits the crime'.

Example Sentences

  • "The Torah and Jewish folklore are full of mida keneged mida—the Egyptian armies drowning in the Red Sea for the drowning of the babies of the Israelites is just one example." (Glinert)

  • "I must say that I do know of two people – actually three, with the second two being involved in the same maaseh – who seemingly were clearly punished by Hashem for certain aveiros. The one I know firsthand was a clear case of mida keneged mida in that he destroyed something very dear to Hashem and a few months later Hashem took away that which was dear to him." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מידה כנגד מידה, lit. 'measure for measure'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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