An attribute of God and a virtue commended for human beings. In the OT mercy is associated with the covenant obligation between God and humans. In the NT God’s merciful faithfulness results in sending Jesus to save people (Luke 1:58
; Eph 2:4
; Rom 11:30-32
). God’s mercy toward the faithful will manifest itself at the final judgment (2Tim 1:18
; Luke 16:24
; Jas 2:13
). Mercy is also recommended in human relationships through reference to the OT (Matt 9:13
), the promise of divine mercy (Matt 5:7
), and human example (Luke 10:37
). Jesus shows mercy to the needy (Luke 17:13
; Luke 18:38
), and mercy was incorporated into early Christian benedictions (1Tim 1:2
58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us
30Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,31so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the m ... View more
18—may the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! And you know very well how much service he rendered in Ephesus.
24He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames ... View more
13For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
13Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
38Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
2To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.