pity

pity

A quality due to which a person does some significant kindness to another in need, notably when that other has no right to the kindness and cannot repay it. The quality inheres in a person’s eyes and/or heart (Deut 7:16; Deut 19:13; Deut 19:21; Ps 17:10) and is revealed by what a person does on behalf of others in need (Ps 111:4-9; Mark 1:41; Mark 8:2). One who acts out of pity is said to be compassionate or gracious. Such pity is a quality of God (Exod 34:19; Rom 9:15; Jonah 4:2; Ps 103:8; Ps 103:13; Ps 111:4; Jas 5:11); its withdrawal is a sign of God’s judgment (Jer 13:14; Ezek 5:11; Ezek 7:4; Ezek 7:9). It normally marks the behavior of fathers toward their children (Ps 103:13; but see Ezek 5:10). Prophets expect it of God’s people in dealing with their less fortunate fellows and resident aliens (Zech 7:8), and Jesus uses it as the touchstone of his picture of the final judgment (in Matt 25:31-46). Pity is undoubtedly part and parcel of the care and concern for neighbor that Jesus sought (Matt 5:43-47; Luke 6:27-28).

Deut 7:16

16You shall devour all the peoples that the Lord your God is giving over to you, showing them no pity; you shall not serve their gods, for that would be a snare ... View more

Deut 19:13

13Show no pity; you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, so that it may go well with you.

Deut 19:21

21Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Ps 17:10

10They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they speak arrogantly.

Ps 111:4-9

4He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.5He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.6He ... View more

Mark 1:41

41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”

Mark 8:2

2“I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.

Exod 34:19

19All that first opens the womb is mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep.

Rom 9:15

15For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

Jonah 4:2

2He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I kn ... View more

Ps 103:8

8The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Ps 103:13

13As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

Ps 111:4

4He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.

Jas 5:11

11Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassi ... View more

Jer 13:14

14And I will dash them one against another, parents and children together, says the Lord. I will not pity or spare or have compassion when I destroy them.

Ezek 5:11

11Therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations—therefor ... View more

Ezek 7:4

4My eye will not spare you, I will have no pity.
I will punish you for your ways,
while your abominations are among you.
Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

Ezek 7:9

9My eye will not spare; I will have no pity.
I will punish you according to your ways,
while your abominations are among you.
Then you shall know that it is I t ... View more

Ps 103:13

13As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

Ezek 5:10

10Surely, parents shall eat their children in your midst, and children shall eat their parents; I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I wi ... View more

Zech 7:8

Punishment for Rejecting God's Demands
8The word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying:

Matt 25:31-46

The Judgment of the Nations
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.32All the nation ... View more

Matt 5:43-47

Love for Enemies
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those ... View more

Luke 6:27-28

Love for Enemies
27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

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