Unsafe Convictions – They Know Not What They Do

1 They know not what they do

In cases like the British Post Office Scandal where innocent people’s lives are destroyed due to miscarriages of justice, it can indeed be said that the justice system doesn’t fully understand the consequences of its actions. The phrase “they don’t know what they’re doing” or “they know not what they do” can be applied metaphorically to describe the situation, emphasizing the systemic failures or ignorance within the justice system that lead to such devastating outcomes for innocent individuals.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It’s a statement attributed to Jesus Christ, said to be spoken while he was being crucified, asking for forgiveness for those who were crucifying him. It’s a powerful expression of forgiveness and mercy even in the face of great injustice.

“They know not what they do” is a phrase used in English, particularly in more formal or literary contexts. It’s not as commonly used in everyday conversation as “they don’t know what they’re doing,” but it carries a similar meaning.

It implies that someone is acting without full understanding or awareness of the consequences of their actions.

“They don’t know what they’re doing” is not a direct quote from the Bible. The phrase “they know not what they do” is the accurate quote from the Bible, specifically from the New Testament, Luke 23:34.

2 Justice a double-edged sword

Justice a double-edged sword

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10 aug 2012