Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!



In the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, Yeshua (Jesus) begins His instruction to His disciples with what we call the Beatitudes. These are the primary attitudes we should have as followers of Messiah. One beatitude is…

Matt 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (all Scripture from NAS unless noted)

First "What does bless or blessed (blest) mean?" (See section titled "Blessed" for additional information)

A blessing is a joyous treat that reciprocates as a deposit to our account. When we are merciful to others our blessing (a benefit from God), will be His mercy to us, both bountiful and supreme.


The Just Elohim (God) is also merciful. Justice demands we pay the price for our sin (All have sinned). Yeshua (Jesus) paid the penalty for our sin and extends to us the offer of mercy if we but repent and walk in His ways. The disciples were instructed to have this attitude of mercy toward others; that we might in turn receive mercy.

Now what does it mean to be merciful? (For detail See section titled "Mercy – Merciful")

Bullinger’s Companion Bible Matt 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Merciful = compassionate.

Mercy. Not merely now, but in the manifestation of the kingdom, James 2:13


To be merciful is to display the very nature of the Almighty, that is, to be like Him.

Luke 6:36 "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

In our Scripture verse we are admonished to be compassionate, to show compassion, to have lovingkindness toward our fellow man. In fact this is what he requires of His people.

Mic 6:8 KJV He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Example of acts of mercy by man toward others

- John and Peter at the Gate called Beautiful (the healing of the lame man Acts 3:1-11)

- Seeing someone in need and reaching out to help or assist (as the Good Samaritan)

- When offended extending compassion toward the offender (to forgive as we are forgiven)

- Acts of mercy bringing liberty in time of need (i.e. the widow, orphan, poor)

Heb 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. (Note; that we may receive mercy to help in the time of someone else’s need.)

Remember the need to show mercy

Jas 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

Matt 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, 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.


Holman Bible Dictionary (Commentaries edited for length)

MERCY, MERCIFUL A personal characteristic of care for the needs of others. The biblical concept of mercy always involves help to those who are in need or distress. Such help covers a broad range, from assistance in finding a bride to God’s forgiveness of sin. A wide vocabulary is employed in the original languages to express these concepts…

Recommended reading section titled "Mercy – Defined"



Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Compassion for the miserable … 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 (Gen 19:19; Ex 20:6; Ex 34:6, 7; Ps 85:10; Ps 86:15, 16). In Christ mercy and truth meet together. Mercy is also a Christian grace (Mat 5:7; Mat 18:33-35).


Webster (1828)

MER'CY, n. [L. misericordia.]

1. That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy. That which comes nearest to it is grace. It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders. Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.

The Lord is long-suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty. Num 14.

2. An act or exercise of mercy or favor…

I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies. Gen 32.

3. Pity; compassion manifested towards a person in distress.

And he said, he that showed mercy on him. Luke 10.

4. Clemency and bounty.

Mercy and truth preserve the king; and his throne is upheld by mercy. Prov 28.

5. Charity, or the duties of charity and benevolence.

I will have mercy and not sacrifice. Mat 9.

6. Grace; favor. 1Cor 7; Jude 2.

7. Eternal life, the fruit of mercy. 2 Tim 1.

8. Pardon.

9. The act of sparing, or the forbearance of a violent act expected…



Matt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy — … As for the words, they seem directly fetched from Psa_18:25, "With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merciful." …Lord Himself expressly teaches us that God’s method is to awaken in us compassion towards our fellow men by His own exercise of it The foretastes and beginnings of this judicial recompense are richly experienced here below: its perfection is reserved for that day when, from His great white throne, the King shall say, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was an hungered, and thirsty, and a stranger, and naked, and sick, and in prison, and ye ministered unto Me." Yes, thus He acted towards us while on earth, even laying down His life for us; and He will not, He cannot disown, in the merciful, the image of Himself.


Matt 5:7

Blessed are the merciful - That is, those who are so affected by the sufferings of others as to be disposed to alleviate them. This is given as an evidence of piety, and it is said that they who show mercy to others shall obtain it. The same sentiment is found in Mat_10:42; "Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise lose his reward." This should be done with a wish to glorify God; that is, in obedience to his commandments, and with a desire that he should be honored, and with a feeling that we are benefiting one of his creatures. Then he will regard it as done to him, and will reward us. See the sentiment of this verse, that the merciful shall obtain mercy, more fully expressed in 2Sa_22:26-27; and in Psa_18:25-26.

Nowhere do we imitate God more than in showing mercy. In nothing does God delight more than in the exercise of mercy, Exo_34:6; Eze_33:11; 1Ti_2:4; 2Pe_3:9. … Each day of our life, each hour, and each moment, we partake of his undeserved mercy. All the blessings we enjoy are proofs of his mercy. If we, then, show mercy to the poor, the wretched, the guilty, it shows that we are like God. We have his spirit, and shall not lose our reward. And we have abundant opportunity to do it. Our world is full of guilt and woe, which we may help to relieve; and every day of our lives we have opportunity, by helping the poor and wretched, and by forgiving those who injure us, to show that we are like God.


Examples of mercy from the Hebrew

The Mercy Seat

Exod 25:21 "And you shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I shall give to you. 22 And there I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you ….

Deut 13:17 "… in order that the LORD may turn from His burning anger and show mercy [H7356] to you, and have compassion on you and make you increase, just as He has sworn to your fathers,

[H7356] KJV: bowels, compassion, … tender love, (great, tender) mercy, pity…

Job 9:15 "For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

Isa 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them; And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Dan 4:27 '… break away now from your sins by doing righteousness, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.'

Hos 14:3 "…For in Thee the orphan finds mercy."

Some Scriptures from the Greek

A Plea for Mercy

Matt 15:22 And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from that region, and began to cry out, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed."

Told to have mercy

Matt 18:33 'Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had mercy on you?'

Luke 10:37 And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."

Tell how mercy was extended to you

Mark 5:19 And He did not let him, but He said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."

Rom 15:9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy…

1Tim 1:13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. And yet I was shown mercy, because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;

God’s Mercy toward us

Luke 1:50 "And His mercy is upon generation after generation Toward those who fear Him.

Rom 11:32 For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.

1Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Our prayer

Jude 1:2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

Jude 1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.


Heb 4:16 Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help [others] in time of need.


Proverbs and Mercy

Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion [H7355].

H7355 racham (raw-kham') v. KJV: have compassion, love, mercy

Proverbs 3:3 Do not let kindness [H2617] and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

H2617 checed (kheh'-sed) n-m.

1. kindness KJV: favour, good deed, kindly, (loving-)kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity…


"God hath thus ordered it, that we may learn to bear one another’s burdens; for no man is without fault, no man without his burden, no man sufficient of himself, no man wise enough of himself; but we ought to bear with one another, comfort one another, help, instruct, and admonish one another."
― Thomas ΰ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ


Is this not the meaning of being merciful?

Mic 6:8 (NKJV) He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?


Bless: (Greek, Mickelson's) 3107 makarios (mak-ar'-ee-os) adj.

1. supremely blest

2. (by extension) fortunate, well off

KJV: blessed, happy


Webster (1828)

BLESS, v.t. pret. and ppr. blessed or blest.

1. To pronounce a wish of happiness to one; to express a wish or desire of happiness.

And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him. Gen 28.

2. To make happy; to make successful; to prosper in temporal concerns; as, we are blest with peace and plenty.

The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thou doest. Deu 15.

3. To make happy in a future life.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Rev 14.

4. To set apart or consecrate to holy purposes; to make and pronounce holy.

And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Gen 2

5. To consecrate by prayer; to invoke a blessing upon.

And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven he blessed them. Luke 9.

6. To praise; to glorify, for benefits received.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Psa 103.

7. To praise; to magnify; to extol, for excellencies. Psa 104.

8. To esteem or account happy; with the reciprocal pronoun.

The nations shall bless themselves in him. Jer 4.

9. To pronounce a solemn prophetical benediction upon. Gen 27. Deu 33.


Bless (Hebrew) 1293 Brakah (ber-aw-kaw') n-f.

1. benediction

2. (by implication) prosperity

KJV: blessing, liberal, pool, present.

Root(s): H1288

H1288 (Mickelson's)

barak (baw-rak') v.

1. to kneel

2. (implication, man toward God) to bless God as an act of adoration

3. (implication, God toward man) to bless man as a benefit

Mercy - Merciful

Merciful from the Greek

G1655 eleemon (el-eh-ay'-mone) adj.

1. compassionate (actively)

Root(s): From G1653

G1653 eleeo (el-eh-eh'-o) v.

1. to have or show compassion (by word or deed)

2. (specially) by divine grace

KJV: have compassion (pity on), have mercy (on)

Root(s): G1656

G1656 eleos (el'-eh-os) n.

1. compassion

{human or divine, especially active}

KJV: (+ tender) mercy



In the Hebrew, depending on the context, mercy is translated from different Hebrew words

H7356 (Mickelson's) racham (rakh'-am) n-m.

1. compassion (in the plural) KJV: bowels, compassion, damsel, tender love, (great, tender) mercy, pity, womb.

Root(s): H7355

H7355 racham (raw-kham') v.

2. (by implication) to love

3. (especially) to compassionate KJV: have compassion (on, upon), love, (find, have, obtain, shew) mercy(-iful, on, upon), (have) pity, Ruhamah, X surely.

H2604 (Mickelson's) chanan (khan-an') v.

1. to favor or (causatively) to entreat KJV: shew mercy, make supplication.

Root(s): H2603

H2603 chanan (khaw-nan') v.

1. (properly) to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior

2. to favor, bestow

3. causatively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition) KJV: beseech, X fair, (be, find, shew) favour(-able), be (deal, give, grant (gracious(-ly), intreat, (be) merciful, have (shew) mercy (on, upon), have pity upon, pray, make supplication, X very.

Jer 9:23 Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness [H2616], justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.

H2617 checed (kheh'-sed) n-m.

1. kindness KJV: favour, good deed(-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-)kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.

Mercy – Defined

Holman Bible Dictionary (Commentaries edited for length)

MERCY, MERCIFUL A personal characteristic of care for the needs of others. The biblical concept of mercy always involves help to those who are in need or distress. Such help covers a broad range, from assistance in finding a bride to God’s forgiveness of sin. A wide vocabulary is employed in the original languages to express these concepts…

Mercy in the Old Testament Three main Hebrew roots involve the idea of mercy. 1. Racham/rachamim This word family consistently has the meaning of showing mercy, compassion, or pity. … God’s mercy is often likened to family relationships: as a father to his children (Jer. 31:20), a husband to a wife (Isa. 54:6-8), a brother to a brother (Amos 1:11), even as a mother toward a nursing child (Isa. 49:15).

God’s mercy is bound up with His covenant with Israel. He is merciful to them because He chose them (Ex. 33:19). God’s mercy is never just a feeling but is expressed by His action: providing for Israel in the wilderness (Neh. 9:19) and delivering her from enemies. …He is a forgiving God and shows mercy to a penitent people (Ps. 25:4-7). He is merciful in restoring the nation (Ps. 102:13) and renewing His friendship with them (Hos. 2:19, 23). God’s mercy is the very source of His people’s life (Ps. 119:77,156).

Racham is also used to describe human mercy or lack of it. Israel’s enemies were merciless (Isa. 13:18). In legal contexts, Israel was to show no mercy to criminals (Deut. 13:8). On the other hand, God expected His people to be merciful to their neighbors (1 Kings 8:31-32). He especially expected their mercy toward the poor and needy (Zech. 7:9-10).

2. Chesed Chesed occurs 245 times in the Old Testament… The Septuagint translators regularly rendered it with the Greek word for mercy, eleos. Likewise, the King James Version translates it regularly as mercy or kindness. Other English versions render it as "steadfast love" (NRSV), "lovingkindness" (NAS), "loyalty" or "constant love" (REB), "love" or "unfailing love" (NIV), "faithfulness" (TEV).

Like racham, chesed describes a variety of human relationships: husband and wife, next-of-kin, father and son, host and guest, friends like David and Jonathan, king and subjects. Also like racham, it expresses itself in action: Rahab delivered the spies; Jonathan protected David from Saul. The relationship is always reciprocal. One who experiences the chesed of another is to reciprocate when the opportunity presents itself. Thus, the spies promised protection for Rahab, and David pledged to protect the house of Jonathan. An element of covenantal fidelity was involved. An element of mercy was also involved. Each sought to meet the other’s need. Since one can scarcely meet a need of God, this covenantal aspect of mercy was expressed in God’s requirement to show mercy to others. This was often coupled with a command for justice (Mic. 6:8).

God expects His people to show chesed to one another because He shows chesed to them—to individuals such as Abraham (Gen. 24:12-14), Jacob (Gen. 32:10), David (2 Sam. 7:15), and Job (10:12). Above all, He was merciful to His chosen people Israel (Ex. 15:13). The linkage of God’s covenant and His chesed is explicit in such phrases as "keeping covenant and showing chesed".

A final characteristic of God’s chesed is its permanence (Pss. 23:6; 25:6; 103:17; 117:2; Isa. 54:8). This is often expressed in the set phrase, "for the Lord is good, his mercy (chesed) is everlasting" or "his mercy endureth forever" (Pss. 100:5; 106:1; 107:1; 1 Chron. 16:34; 2 Chron. 5:13; 7:3; Ezra 3:11; Jer. 33:11).

3. Chanan/chen This is the third Hebrew word family involving mercy and pity. Job used it in appealing for pity (19:21) and with it the psalmist described one who is generous to the poor (Pss. 37:21; 112:5). The latter examples show how chanan involves not only pity but also being gracious. It is in this sense that the word is applied to God, referring to His gracious and generous nature.

4. Conclusion It is difficult to draw precise distinctions between the various words used in the Old Testament for God’s mercy and grace. Racham, chesed, and chanan all refer to the one gracious, forgiving, loving God who is forever faithful in reaching out to His people in their need. Nowhere is their interrelatedness more evident than in the following recurrent Old Testament liturgy which combines all three: "God is merciful (racham) and gracious (chana), slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love (chesed) and faithfulness" (Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18; Neh. 9:17; Pss. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2).



Mercy in the New Testament Three word families express the idea of mercy in the New Testament.

1. Splagchna Splagchna literally refers to the upper human organs (heart, liver, lungs). This usage appears in the grim depiction of Judas’ death in Acts 1:18. Much like the Hebrew rachamim, splagchna developed the derived sense of strong emotional feelings, particularly of compassion and affection. The word is often used of Jesus’ compassion—for the multitudes (Matt. 9:36), for the blind, for a leper, for a possessed child, for a widow’s plight. His parables use the term to describe the mercy of a master on his indebted servant (Matt. 18:27), the compassion of a father for his prodigal son, and a Samaritan’s pity for a wounded Jew. With this word Paul urged the Corinthians to renew their affection for him, exhorted the Philippians to mutual love and concern (Phil. 2:1-2), and played on the sympathy of Philemon. With it, John reminded his readers that one who closes his heart to a brother’s need scarcely has God’s love (1 John 3:17).

2. Oiktirmos This word also means "pity, mercy, compassion" and is used together with splagchna in Colossians 3:12, Philippians 2:1, and James 5:11. Paul pointed to the positive side of God as "the father of mercies" (2 Cor. 1:3), and he urged the Romans to sacrificial service based on God’s mercy. Christian mercy is rooted in God’s mercy, a principle already given by Jesus (Luke 6:36).

3. Eleos The most common words in the New Testament for mercy belong to the eleos family. … The New Testament … having more in common with the Old Testament perspective on God’s mercy.

Jesus brought the good news of a merciful, forgiving God. He embodied that good news in Himself, and everywhere He was met by cries and expectations for mercy—from two blind men (Matt. 9:27), a woman with a possessed daughter (Matt. 15:22), the father of an epileptic boy (Matt. 17:15), and by ten lepers (Luke 17:13). His healings are themselves testimony to the divine mercy (Mark 5:19). Reminiscent of chesed, Jesus’ birth and that of John are testimonies that God is both merciful and faithful to His promises (Luke 1:58, 72, 78). Paul had a keen awareness of God’s mercy in his own life, and in restoring his co-worker Epaphroditus to health (Phil. 2:27).

God’s mercy was shown in His readiness to forgive the penitent sinner (Luke 8:13). Especially was it transparent in the atoning work of Christ (Heb. 2:17). Through Christ, God’s mercy delivers from the death of sin into life (Eph. 2:4-5) and includes the Gentiles as part of His people (Rom. 11:30-32). In Christ the mercy of God brings new life (1 Pet. 1:3) and undergirds the hope of life to come (Jude 21). In this life the mercy of God is always available for those who approach His throne (Heb. 4:16). The Christian life is lived under this assurance of God’s mercy. This is why mercy is often an element in New Testament greetings and benedictions (1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 1:2; Gal. 6:16; 2 John 3; Jude 2).

Those who experience God’s mercy are themselves to be merciful. God does not desire the external trappings of religiosity but deeds of mercy to others (Matt. 9:13; 12:7; 23:23). One who shows no mercy to others cannot expect God’s mercy (Matt. 18:33-34; Jas. 2:13). Mercy is a mark of discipleship (Matt. 5:7). Disciples show deeds of mercy to a neighbor (Luke 10:36-37) and perform them cheerfully (Rom. 12:8). God is mercy, and one who shares in God’s wisdom shares His mercy (Jas. 3:17).

4. Conclusion As with the Old Testament, the New Testament treatment of God’s mercy cannot be separated from His love, His grace, and His faithfulness. They are all part of the same fabric. The difference, of course, is that the New Testament writers had come to see the mercy of God in a much brighter light in the face of Jesus Christ. He was the ultimate manifestation of God’s mercy, the assurance of that mercy for believers, and the basis of their own mercy in their relationships with others.

John Polhill –

Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

Judge Not

Do you find it easy to judge strangers? If someone comes to you presenting facts about someone you don’t know, and those facts paint them in a bad light, do you find it easy to support the condemnation of the accused? What if the third person is well known to you, perhaps even your friend? Does this make you more likely to think of other evidence or extenuating circumstances to temper your judgment? You shouldn’t listen to gossip to begin with. Beyond that you are not called to judge because you are not qualified even if you did have all the facts available to you. Do you find God to be less judgmental than anyone else you know? You should, for no one is a stranger to Him and He is rich in mercy, willing to give more weight to anything that could be considered in their favor, just as He has done for you. 

(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)

Jas 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

Did you know?

Our Love for Smartphones

(Where are our priorities?)

You love your smartphone, but do you sleep with it? According to a survey of 3,700 "Mobile workers" conducted by mobile service provider iPass, 61 percent sleep with their smartphones, and 38 percent wake up in the middle of the night to check email.

Thirty-one percent turn to their smartphones immediately upon waking up in the morning, and 30 percent check their messages every six to 12 minutes even when they’re not officially on the clock. Not surprising, 29 percent in the survey said mobile technology was causing friction in their relationships.

Bowels of Mercy


Matt 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

The merciful - The word mercy, among the Jews, signified two things: the pardon of injuries, and almsgiving. Our Lord undoubtedly takes it in its fullest latitude here. To know the nature of mercy, we have only to consult the grammatical meaning of the Latin word misericordia, from which ours is derived. It is composed of two words: miserans, pitying, and cor, the heart; or miseria cordis, pain of heart. Mercy supposes two things:

1. A distressed object: and,

2. A disposition of the heart, through which it is affected at the sight of such an object.

This virtue, therefore, is no other than a lively emotion of the heart, which is excited by the discovery of any creature’s misery; and such an emotion as manifests itself outwardly, by effects suited to its nature. The merciful man …enters into the miseries of his neighbor, feels for and mourns with him.

They shall obtain mercy - Mercy is not purchased but at the price of mercy itself; and even this price is a gift of the mercy of God. What mercy can those vindictive persons expect, who forgive nothing, and are always ready to improve every advantage they have of avenging themselves? Whatever mercy a man shows to another, God will take care to show the same to him. The following elegant … saying of one of our best poets is worthy of the reader’s most serious attention: -

"The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed;
It blesseth him who gives, and him who takes:
’Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown
It is an attribute of God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s,
When mercy seasons justice. -
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation. We do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. -
Why, all the souls that are, were forfeit once:
And he who might the ’vantage best have took
Found out the remedy. How would you be,
If He who is the top of judgment should
But judge you as you are? O! think on that;
And mercy then will breathe within your lips,
Like man, new made
How shalt thou hope for mercy, rend’ring none?"

Psalm Promise

Ps 145:8

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)