“Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live. For your instructions are my delight. “
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.
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves. -George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)