mercies, mercy…


“Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live. For your instructions are my delight. “

Psalm 119:77

Mercy (Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, “price paid, wages”, from merc-, merx “merchandise”) can refer both to compassionate behaviour on the part of those in power (e.g. mercy shown by a judge toward a convict) or on the part of a humanitarian third party (e.g. a mission of mercy aiming to treat war victims). Mercy is a word used to describe compassion shown by one person to another, or a request from one person to another to be shown such leniency or unwarranted compassion for a crime or wrongdoing.


We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves. -George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)

2 thoughts on “mercies, mercy…

  1. LOvely.
    Reminds me of our film we bought called Tender Mercies, with Robert Duvall.
    And blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

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