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05:58:33 PM Aug 22nd 2013
Cut this example: "This is advocated in The Bible. "If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

The burning coal metaphor(which was used in those times to melt and refine impurities away from the minerals/metals) means to bring out the good in the enemy.
12:31:41 AM Feb 12th 2012
Cut this example:
* The Mark of Cain from The Bible.
Because it's not really an example of the trope. Cain begs God for some form of protection from reprisal killings for his having murdered Abel, and God puts a mark on him and threatens to punish anyone who kills Cain. There's no real evidence that the mark was a punishment, or that it caused Cain to suffer. The mark was there so that everyone would know that Cain was under God's protection.
09:20:43 PM Feb 29th 2012
It might be worth noting that the misinterpretation has taken hold in popular culture, however, as a sort of Word of Dante reading of the Cain story.
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