"But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also."
If the persecuted person "turned the other cheek," the discipliner was faced with a dilemma.
The left hand was used for unclean purposes and could not be used to strike someone under any circumstances. The only way to use the right hand to strike an other's left cheek, was to slap with the open hand or a punch, both of which were seen as a statement of equality.