Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile; go also the second mile." - Matthew 5.38-40
In Gene Edwards drama centered on the story of David, Saul and Absalom (A Tale of Three Kings) these line reflect Jesus' teaching:
Joab: Why David? Why did you not end these years of misery? He (Saul) is mad! And God is no longer with him. And David, he will yet kill you!"
David: Better he kill me than I learn his ways. Better he kill me than I become as he is. I shall not practice the ways that cause kings to go mad. I will not throw spears, nor will I allow hatred to grow in my heart. I will not avenge. I will not destroy the Lord's anointed. Not now. Not ever."