17 If your enemy falls, do not exult; If he trips, let your heart not rejoice,
bin-FOL o-yiv-KHA al tis-MAKH u-vi-ka-sh’-LO al ya-GAYL li-BE-kha
יז בִּנְפֹל אויביך [אוֹיִבְךָ] אַל־תִּשְׂמָח וּבִכָּשְׁלוֹ אַל־יָגֵל לִבֶּךָ׃
24:17 If your enemy falls, do not exult
Sadly, it is not uncommon for Israel’s enemies to celebrate news of terror attacks by handing out candy in the streets. Here, the Bible emphasizes universal feelings of sympathy and compassion for all, and warns against rejoicing at the downfall of our enemies. For this reason, when the Jewish people celebrate the Exodus at the Pesach seder each year, they remove some of the wine in their cups, to sympathize with the Egyptian suffering that happened in the process. In this way, even thousands of years later, the Jewish People symbolically diminish their joy because of the pain experienced by their Egyptian enemies.