Deuteronomy 25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.
We need to learn a great principle from this verse. Correction is good and correct. Over correction is a mistake. They were given fair punishments although very hard but the interesting comment in this verse is that if you beat him too much you will seem vile. What a condemnation that we so often deserve because we do not treat him as our brother.