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Last modified July 2011 - Topic 4.91

Mercy , Respect

The uestion about

New Testament)
Can I expect God ~The Maker to be kind and gentle to me?
- Mark 8 : 1

(Old Testament)

How can I show that my kinda coolness is kind and gentle?
- Genesis 24 : 15


With what kinds of people can I be specially kind and gentle?
- Leviticus 25 : 25







Is gentleness tough and practical?
- Deuteronomy 22 : 1

How does kindness and gentleness operate? Is simplicity and genuineness best?
- Ruth 2 : 1






Do my works of kindness and gentleness mark out my relationship with people around me and with God The Maker?
- Ruth 3 : 11


Is there an element of power, gifting and largesse in the anointing of kindness and gentleness?
- 2 Samuel 2 : 1


How can I be kind and gentle?
- 2 Samuel 9 : 1




Do I have to be kind and gentle to everyone?
- 2 Samuel 12 : 6






How can acts of kindness get misunderstood, escalating to be disastrous?
- 1 Chronicles 19 : 1






Where does the concept of Love, Gentleness and Mercy come from?
- Psalm 117 : 1

Do I have to be kind and gentle to everyone?
- Ezeliel 35 : 1



(New Testament)

Does kindness, gentleness and mercy have a positive work-out?
- Matthew 5 : 7

Can I show mercy only if I have received it?
- Matthew 9 : 13

I didn't want Jesus to die. How can I show mercy?
- Matthew 12 : 7

Do I get any reward, return or advantage by adopting kindness and gentleness as my lifestyle?
- Matthew 25 : 34

Should I allow for kindness and mercy when in a position of moral superiority? Why?
- James 2 : 13

Mercy (Old Testament)

What is the test of true kindness and gentleness?
- Genesis 44 : 14




Do the kindness and gentleness of Giod The Maker become reflected and increased in other people when I begin operating in them?
- Genesis 47 : 1


Why is my being merciful, kind and gentle so important to God The Maker?
- Exodus 22 : 21


What do kindness and gentleness do for me?
- Proverbs 11 : 17

What's the pay-off for being kind?
- Proverbs 19 : 17

Do kindness and gentleness always win?
- Proverbs 25 : 20

What comes down if I remain bloody-minded toward people I ought to forgive and help?
- Ezekiel 35 : 1

When I show and offer goodness and mercy does it always get me close to the heart of God The Maker? How about others who say they are on His side but keep on doing bad things?
- Hosea 6 : 4

When God The Maker sees in me heart hardness and anger, is He Himself angry?
- Amos 1 : 12

Why should I be specially careful to protect my brother or sister in God The maker's Family?
- Obadiah 1 : 11

(NewTestament )

Why should I be kind and gentle?
- Philippians 1 : 5

(Old Testament)

Mugging - Is it cool to be mean and tough?
- Genesis 37 : 12


Why should I be kind and gentle?
- Proverbs 25 : 20

Is kindness and gentleness worth sticking up for in the face of cruelty and persecution? How?
- Jeremiah 38 : 1



Respect (New Testament )

Should I show respect and regard for the dead?
- Matthew 27 : 57

Should my relationship with my Father,The Maker, affect my dealings with others of The Maker's family?
- Philemon 10

Respect (Old Testament )

Should I show respect and regard to my elders and betters when they ask for help?
- 1 Samuel 25 : 1


A - What The Maker's Manual says about -

Kindness (New Testament)

Mark 8 : 1 - In those days, when there was again a great multitude, and they had nothing to eat, he called to him his disciples, and said to them, have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and if I send them away fasting to their home, they will faint on the way; and some of them are come from far. And his disciples answered him, Whence shall one be able to fill these men with bread here in a desert place? And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke, and gave to his disciples, to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. And they had a few small fishes: and having blessed them, he commanded to set these also before them. And they ate, and were filled: and they took up, of broken pieces that remained over, seven baskets. And they were about four thousand: and he sent them away ( 9 ).

Kindness (Old Testament)

Genesis 24 : 15 - And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray you, a little water from your pitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hastened, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw for your camels also, until they have done drinking. And she hastened, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw, and drew for all his camels.

Leviticus 25 : 25 - If your brother be waxed poor, and has sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold. And if the man have none to redeem it, and himself be able to redeem it; Then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus to the man to whom he sold it; that he may return to his possession. But if he be not able to restore it to him, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him that has bought it until the year of jubile: and in the jubile it shall go out, and he shall return to his possession. And if a man sell a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a full year may he redeem it. And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established for ever to him that bought it throughout his generations: it shall not go out in the jubile. But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be counted as the fields of the country: they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubile. Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time. And if a man purchase of the Levites, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall go out in the year of jubile: for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel. But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession. And if your brother be waxed poor, and fallen in decay with you; then you shall relieve him: yes, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with you. You shall not give him your money upon usury, nor lend him your victuals for increase. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. And if your brother that dwells by you be waxed poor, and be sold to you; you shall not compel him to serve as a bondservant: ( 40 ) But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with you, and shall serve you to the year of jubile: And then shall he depart from you, both he and his children with him, and shall return to his own family, and to the possession of his fathers shall he return. For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen. You shall not rule over him with rigour; but shall fear your God. Both your bondmen, and your bondmaids, which you shall have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall you buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall you buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And you shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, you shall not rule one over another with rigour. And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by you, and your brother that dwells by him wax poor, and sell himself to the stranger or sojourner by you, or to the stock of the stranger’s family: After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him: Either his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin to him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself. And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him to the year of jubile: and the price of his sale shall be according to the number of years, according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him. ( 51 ) If there be yet many years behind, according to them he shall give again the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for. And if there remain but few years to the year of jubile, then he shall count with him, and according to his years shall he give him again the price of his redemption. And as a yearly hired servant shall he be with him: and the other shall not rule with rigour over him in your sight. And if he be not redeemed in these years, then he shall go out in the year of jubile, both he, and his children with him. For to me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God ( 55 End ).

Deuteronomy 22 : 1 - You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide yourself self from them: you shall in any case bring them again to your brother. And if your brother be not nigh to you, or if you know him not, then you shall bring it to your own house, and it shall be with you until your brother seek after it, and you shall restore it to him again. In like manner shall you do with his ass; and so shall you do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of your brother’s, which he has lost, and you have found, shall you do likewise: you may not hide yourself. You shall not see your brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely help him to lift them up again.( 4 )

Ruth 2 : 1 - And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor. And she said to her, Go, my daughter. And she went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, Jehovah be with you. And they answered him, Jehovah bless you. Then said Boaz to his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: And she said, Let me glean, I pray you, and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. So she came, and has continued even from the morning until now, save that she tarried a little in the house. Then said Boaz to Ruth, Hear you not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither pass from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens. Let your eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go you after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch you? and when you are athirst, go to the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.( 10 ) Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said to him, Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take knowledge of me, seeing I am a foreigner? And Boaz answered and said to her, It has fully been showed me, all that you have done to your mother-in-law since the death of your husband; and how you have left your father and your mother, and the land of your nativity, and are come to a people that you knew not heretofore. Jehovah recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of Jehovah, the God of Israel, under whose wings you are come to take refuge. Then she said, Let me find favor in your sight, my lord, for that you have comforted me, and for that you have spoken kindly to your handmaid, though I be not as one of your handmaidens. And at meal-time Boaz said to her, Come hither, and eat of the bread, and dip your morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers, and they reached her parched grain, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left thereof.

Ruth 3 : 11 - And now it is true that I am a near kinsman; howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform to you the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman’s part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to you, then will I do the part of a kinsman to you, as Jehovah lives: lie down until the morning. And she lay at his feet until the morning. And she rose up before one could discern another. For he said, Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor. And he said, Bring the mantle that is upon you, and hold it; and she held it; and he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and he went into the city. And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, Who are you, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her. And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said, Go not empty to your mother-in-law. Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will fall; for the man will not rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

2 Samuel 2 : 1 - And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And Jehovah said to him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, To Hebron. So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron. And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, The men of Jabesh-gilead were they that buried Saul. And David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, Blessed be you of Jehovah, that you have showed this kindness to your lord, even to Saul, and have buried him. And now Jehovah show lovingkindness and truth to you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because you have done this thing. Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be you valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

2 Samuel 9 : 1 - And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, Are you Ziba? And he said, Your servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him? And Ziba said to the king, Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame of his feet. And the king said to him, Where is he? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar. Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face, and did obeisance. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold, your servant! And David said to him, Fear not; for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually. And he did obeisance, and said, What isyour servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am? Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, All that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given to your master's son. And you shall till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your servants; and you shall bring in the fruits, that your master's son may have bread to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then said Ziba to the king, According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so shall your servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem; for he did eat continually at the king's table. And he was lame in both his feet.

2 Samuel 12 : 6 - And Jehovah sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own morsel, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was to him as a daughter. And there came a traveller to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come to him, but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As Jehovah lives, the man that has done this is worthy to die: and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul; and I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you such and such things. Wherefore have you despised the word of Jehovah, to do that which is evil in his sight? You have smitten Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says Jehovah, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said to David, Jehovah also has put away your sin; you shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of Jehovah to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.And Nathan departed to his house. And Jehovah struck the child that Uriah's wife bare to David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and stood beside him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake to him, and he hearkened not to our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead! But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; and David said to his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel; and he came into the house of Jehovah, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants to him, What thing is this that you have done? You did fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, you did rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who knows whether Jehovah will not be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me. And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in to her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon. And Jehovah loved him; and he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, for Jehovah's sake.

1 Chronicles 19 : 1 - And it came to pass after this, that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead. And David said, I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him. But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Think you that David does honor your father, in that he has sent comforters to you? are not his servants come to you to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land? So Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. Then there went certain persons, and told David how the men were served. And he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return. And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Arammaacah, and out of Zobah. So they hired them thirty and two thousand chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people, who came and encamped before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle. And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men. And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the gate of the city: and the kings that were come were by themselves in the field. Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians. And the rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother; and they put themselves in array against the children of Ammon. And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the children of Ammon be too strong for you, then I will help you. Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God: and Jehovah do that which seems him good. So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh before the Syrians to the battle; and they fled before him. And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem. And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians that were beyond the River, with Shophach the captain of the host of Hadarezer at their head. And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, and passed over the Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him. And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians the men of seven thousand chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.

Psalm 117 : 1 - O praise Jehovah, all you nations; Laud him, all you peoples. For his lovingkindness is great toward us; And the truth of Jehovah endures for ever. Praise you Jehovah.

Ezekiel 35 : 1 - Moreover the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Son of man, set your face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and say to it, Thus says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against you, O mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and an astonishment. I will lay your cities waste, and you shall be desolate; and you shall know that I am Jehovah. Because you have had a perpetual enmity, and have given over the children of Israel to the power of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time of the iniquity of the end; therefore, as I live, says the Lord Jehovah, I will prepare you to blood, and blood shall pursue you: since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. Thus will I make mount Seir an astonishment and a desolation; and I will cut off from it him that passes through and him that returns. And I will fill its mountains with its slain: in your hills and in your valleys and in all your watercourses shall they fall that are slain with the sword. I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited; and you shall know that I am Jehovah. Because you have said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas Jehovah was there: therefore, as I live, says the Lord Jehovah, I will do according to your anger, and according to your envy which you have showed out of your hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I shall judge you. And you shall know that I, Jehovah, have heard all your revilings which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to devour. And you have magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard it. Thus says the Lord Jehovah: When the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate. ( 15 ) As you did rejoice over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do to you: you shallbe desolate, O mount Seir, and all Edom, even all of it; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

Mercy (New Testament)

Matthew 5 : 7 - Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 9 : 13 - But go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. -

Matthew 12 : 7 - But if you had known what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Matthew 25 : 34 - Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you hungry, and fed you? or athirst, and gave you drink? And when saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? And when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came to you? And the King shall answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of these my brethren, even these least, you did it to me.

James 2 : 13 - So speak you, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to him that has showed no mercy: mercy glories against judgment.

Mercy (Old Testament)

Genesis 44 : 14 - And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; and he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. And Joseph said to them, What deed is this that you have done? know you not that such a man as I can indeed divine? And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants: behold, we are my lord’s bondmen, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found. And he said, Far be it from me that I should do so: the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my bondman; but as for you, get you up in peace unto your father. Then Judah came near to him, and said, Oh, my lord, let your servant, I pray you, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against your servant; for you are even as Pharaoh. My lord asked his servants, saying, Have you a father, or a brother? And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother; and his father loves him. And you said to your servants, Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes upon him. And you said to your servants, Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes upon him. And we said to my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die. And you said to your servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, you shall see my face no more. And it came to pass when we came up to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. And our father said, Go again, buy us a little food. And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down; for we may not see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us. And tyour servant my father said to us, You know that my wife bare me two sons: and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have not seen him since: and if you take this one also from me, and harm befall him, you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol. Now therefore when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life; it will come to pass, when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrow to Sheol. For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, If I bring him not unto you, then shall I bear the blame to my father for ever. Now therefore, let your servant, I pray you, abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. For how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I see the evil that shall come on my father.

Genesis 47 : 1 - Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. And from among his brethren he took five men, and presented them to Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said to Pharaoh, Your servants are shepherds, both we, and our fathers. And they said to Pharaoh, To sojourn in the land are we come; for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray you, let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen. And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, Your father and your brethren are come to tyou: the land of Egypt is before you; in the best of the land make your father and your brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if you know any able men among them, then make them rulers over my cattle. And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Jacob, How many are the days of the years of your life? And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years: few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from the presence of Pharaoh.

Exodus 22 : 21 - And a sojourner shall you not wrong, neither shall you oppress him: for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If you afflict them at all, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. If you lend money to any of my people with you that is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor; neither shall you lay upon him interest. If you at all take your neighbor’s garment to pledge, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down: for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he cries to me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.

Proverbs 11 : 17 - The merciful man does good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubles his own flesh. The wicked earns deceitful wages; But he that sows righteousness has a sure reward. He that is stedfast in righteousness shall attain to life; And he that pursues evil does it to his own death.

Proverbs 19 : 17 - He that has pity on the poor lends to Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay him again.

Proverbs 25 : 20 - As one that takes off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon soda, So is he that sings songs to a heavy heart. If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For you will heap coals of fire upon his head, And Jehovah will reward you. The north wind brings forth rain: So does a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.( 23 )

Ezekiel 35 : 1 - Moreover the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Son of man, set your face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and say to it, Thus says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against you, O mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and an astonishment. I will lay thy cities waste, and you shall be desolate; and you shall know that I am Jehovah. Because you have had a perpetual enmity, and have given over the children of Israel to the power of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time of the iniquity of the end; therefore, as I live, says the Lord Jehovah, I will prepare you to blood, and blood shall pursue you: since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.

Hosea 6 : 4 - O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth early away. Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goes forth.For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings. But they like Adam have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity; it is stained with blood. And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem; yes, they have committed lewdness. In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing: there whoredom is found in Ephraim, Israel is defiled. Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you, when I bring back the captivity of my people ( 11 End ).

Amos 1 : 12 - Thus says Jehovah: For three transgressions of Edom, yes, for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever: but I will send a fire upon Teman, and it shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

Obadiah 1 : 11 - In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that strangers carried away his substance, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even you were as one of them. But look not you on the day of your brother in the day of his disaster, and rejoice not over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither speak proudly in the day of distress. Enter not into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yes, look not you on their affliction in the day of their calamity, neither lay you hands on their substance in the day of their calamity. And stand you not in the crossway, to cut off those of his that escape; and deliver not up those of his that remain in the day of distress. For the day of Jehovah is near upon all the nations: as you have done, it shall be done to you; your dealing shall return upon your own head. For as you have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually; yes, they shall drink, and swallow down, and shall be as though they had not been.

Gentleness ( New Testament )

Philippians 1 : 5 - Let your forbearance (yieldingness, pliability,gentleness) be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Gentleness ( Old Testament )

Genesis 37 : 12 - And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, Are not your brethren feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them. And he said to him, Here am I. And he said to him, Go now, see whether it is well with your brethren, and well with the flock; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seek you? And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray you, where they are feeding the flock. And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. And they saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer comes. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, An evil beast has devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life. And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him: that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father. And it came to pass, when Joseph was come to his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. And Judah said to his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren hearkened to him.

Proverbs 25 : 20 - As one that takes off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon soda, So is he that sings songs to a heavy heart. If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For you will heap coals of fire upon his head, And Jehovah will reward you.

Jeremiah 38 : 1 - And Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchijah, heard the words that Jeremiah spoke to all the people, saying, Thus says Jehovah, He that abides in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he that goes forth to the Chaldeans shall live, and his life shall be to him for a prey, and he shall live. Thus says Jehovah, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it. Then the princes said to the king, Let this man, we pray you, be put to death; forasmuch as he weakens the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words to them: for this man seeks not the welfare of this people, but the hurt. And Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand; for the king is not he that can do anything against you. Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchijah the king’s son, that was in the court of the guard: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire; and Jeremiah sank in the mire. Now when Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch, who was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon (the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin,) Ebed-melech went forth out of the king’s house, and spoke to the king, saying, My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die in the place where he is, because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city. Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with you, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence rags and worn-out garments, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, Put now these rags and worn-out garments under your armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. So they drew up Jeremiah with the cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard ( 14 ).

Respect (NewTestament )

Matthew 27 : 57 - And when even was come, there came a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: this man went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded it to be given up. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

Philemon 10 - I beseech you for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me: whom I have sent back to you in his own person, that is, my very heart: whom I would fain have kept with me, that in your behalf he might minister to me in the bonds of the gospel: but without your mind I would do nothing; that your goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will. For perhaps he was therefore parted from you for a season, that you should have him for ever; no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. If then you count me a partner, receive him as myself. But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you aught, put that to mine account; I Paul write it with mine own hand, I will repay it: that I say not to you that you owe to me even your own self besides.

Respect (Old Testament )

1 Samuel 25 : 1 - And Samuel died; and all Israel gathered themselves together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran. And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. And David sent ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name: and thus shall you say to him that lives in prosperity, Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. And now I have heard that you have shearers: your shepherds have now been with us, and we did them no hurt, neither was there aught missing to them, all the while they were in Carmel. Ask your young men, and they will tell you: wherefore let the young men find favor in your eyes; for we come in a good day: give, I pray you, whatever comes to your hand, to your servants, and to your son David. And when David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased. And Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there are many servants now-a-days that break away every man from his master.( 11 ) Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men of whom I know not whence they are?  ( Narrative continued under topic ''Kindness and Gentleness)


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