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What Does the Bible Say About Mercy?

Claudia Miclaus
God is merciful. We see that in everything around us and in His Word as well. The Bible describes this characteristic of His and also advises us to act the same, by showing mercy to others.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
-Matthew 5:7.

"Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don't sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward."
-Matthew 6:2.
"But when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does, so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."
- Matthew 6:3.

"Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful." 
-Luke 6:36.
"Therefore he (Jesus Christ) was obligated in all things to be made like his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people."
- Hebrews 2:17.
"For the man who has had no mercy will be judged without mercy, but mercy takes pride in overcoming judging."
- James 2:13.

"Behold, we call them blessed that endured: ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful."
- James 5:11.
"Yahweh passed by before him, and proclaimed, "Yahweh! Yahweh, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth..."
- Exodus 34:6.

"...for Yahweh your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them."
- Deuteronomy 4:31.
"With the merciful you will show yourself merciful. With the perfect man you will show yourself perfect."
- 2 Samuel 22:26.

"Nevertheless in your manifold mercies you did not make a full end of them, nor forsake them; for you are a gracious and merciful God."
- Nehemiah 9:31.
"For if you turn again to Yahweh, your brothers and your children shall find compassion before those who led them captive, and shall come again into this land: for Yahweh your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him."
- 2 Chronicles 30:9.
"...and refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you did among them, but hardened their neck, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage. But you are a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and didn't forsake them."
- Nehemiah 9:17.
"I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee."
- Psalms 41:4.

"May God be merciful to us, bless us, and cause his face to shine on us."
- Psalms 67:1.
"A poem by David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave. "Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you. Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge, until disaster has passed."
- Psalms 57:1.
"But he, being merciful, forgive iniquity, and didn't destroy them. Yes, many times he turned his anger away, and didn't stir up all his wrath."
- Psalms 78:38.

"Be merciful to me, Lord, for I call to you all day long."
- Psalms 86:3.
"He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered. Yahweh is gracious and merciful."
- Psalms 111:4.

"Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, gracious, merciful, and righteous."
- Psalms 112:4.
"Yahweh is Gracious and righteous. Yes, our God is merciful."
- Psalms 116:5.

"For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD."
- Psalms 117:2.
"I sought your favor with my whole heart. Be merciful to me according to your word."
- Psalms 119:58.

"Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant."
- Psalms 119:76.
"The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh."
- Proverbs 11:17.

"Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, ye backsliding Israel, says Yahweh; I will not look in anger on you; for I am merciful, says Yahweh, I will not keep anger forever."
- Jeremiah 3:12.
"Tear your heart, and not your garments, and turn to Yahweh, your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and relents from sending calamity."
- Joel 2:13.
Don't hesitate to ask God's mercy! He is still the same God to this day and He will bestow it upon you if you sincerely ask Him! Be merciful yourself because He is being merciful to you too!