also known as: compassion, lovingkindness
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. —Matthew 5:7 NASB
Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you? —Matthew 18:33 NASB
“The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished…” —Exodus 34:6-7 NASB excerpt
…“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” … He has mercy on whom He desires… —Romans 9:15, 18 LSB excerpt
even though I [Paul] was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Yet for this reason I was shown mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Christ Jesus might demonstrate all His patience as an example for those who are going to believe upon Him for eternal life.
By the atoning sacrifice of Christ, a way is open for the exercise of mercy towards the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness (Genesis 19:19; Exodus 20:6; Psalm 85:10; 86:15-16).
Christ rebuked those Jews who ignored the importance of being merciful,
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the Law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. —Matthew 23:23 LSB
Jesus’ brother James pointed out that,
Greek and Hebrew words
Greek: ἔλεος —transliteration: eleos —meaning: mercy, pity, compassion —occurrences: 27 times in Scripture
רָחַם —transliteration: racham —meaning: compassion, mercy, to love —occurrences: 91 (Strong’s # 7355 aand 7356) (Genesis 43:14; Exodus 33:19; Deuteronomy 13:17; Psalm 25:6; etc.)
רַחוּם —transliteration: rachum —meaning: compassionate, merciful, full of compassion —occurrences: 13
Hebrew: רְחֵם —transliteration: rechem —meaning: compassion —occurrences: 1 (Daniel 2:18)
חֵסֵד —transliteration: checed —meaning: goodness, kindness, mercy —occurrences: 247
חָסַד —transliteration: chacad —meaning: to be kind; to be merciful —occurrences: 3 (2 Samuel 22:26; Psalm 18:25; Proverbs 25:10)
חוּס —transliteration: chus —meaning: look upon with compassion; to pity; to spare —occurrences: 23
חָמַל —transliteration: chamal —meaning: to have compassion, to spare, to pity —occurrences: 41 (Exodus 2:6; 1 Samuel 23:21; 2 Samuel 21:7; etc.)
חֶמְלָה —transliteration: chemlah —meaning: mercy, compassion —occurrences: 2 (Genesis 19:16; Isaiah 63:9)
נִחוּם —transliteration: nichum —meaning: compassion, comfort, comforting —occurrences: 3 (Isaiah 57:18; Hosea 11:8; Zechariah 1:13)
Ben-hesed (son of mercy)
also known as: Ben-chesed
Hebrew: בֶּן־חֶסֶד —meaning: son of mercy
This is the name of one of King Solomon’s leaders (deputies) (1 Kings 4:10).
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