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Compassion
Compassion and Sympathy • Pitiful
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Compassion
Compassion. Quality of showing kindness or favor, of being gracious, or of having pity or mercy. In the Bible, God is described as being like a compassionate father to those who revere him (Ps 103:13). Jesus Christ exemplified God’s compassion in his preaching and healing (Mt 9:36; 14:14), in his concern
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Compassion
Compassion [Heb. rāḥam, rāḥamîm, ḥāmal, nāḥam, niḥûmîm, (Hos. 11:8), nōḥam (13:14), ḥēn (Zec. 12:10); Gk. splanchnízomai (Gospels), oikteírō (Rom. 9:15), splánchna oiktirmoú (Col. 3:12), sympathéō (He. 10:34)]; AV also MERCY, (TENDER) MERCIES, “repent oneself for” (for RSV “have
Pitiful
Pitiful A term used by the AV three times in the archaic sense of “full of pity,” “compassionate”: Lam. 4:10 (RSV “compassionate”); Jas. 5:11 (RSV “compassionate”); 1 Pet. 3:8 (RSV “tender heart”). See Compassion; Heart VI.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Compassion
COMPASSION Quality of showing kindness or favor, of being gracious, or of having pity or mercy. In the Bible, God is described as being like a compassionate father to those who revere him (Ps 103:13). Jesus Christ exemplified God’s compassion in his preaching and healing (Mt 9:36; 14:14), in his concern
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Compassion
COMPASSION. In the Bible it is a divine as well as a human quality. In rsv the word is often used to translate Heb. ḥāmal and raḥamîm, which are, however, in av more frequently rendered by ‘pity’ or ‘spare’ and ‘mercy’ or ‘tender mercies’ respectively. Thus compassion, pity and mercy can be regarded
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Compassion
COMPASSION. In many instances compassion is the rendering of Heb. words elsewhere translated mercy (which see). It is also the rendering of the Heb. ḥāmal (to “be gentle, clement”; “concern” in the NIV), as in 1 Sam. 23:21. In Ex. 2:6 the rendering is “pity” and in 1 Sam. 15:3, 15; 2 Sam. 21:7 it is
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COMPASSION
COMPASSION<kom-pash’-un>: Compassion is the translation of [רָחַם‎, racham], “to love,” “pity,” “be merciful” (Deuteronomy 13:17; 30:3); of rachamim, “mercies” (1 Kings 8:50); of [חָמַל‎, chamal], “to pity,” “spare” (Exodus 2:6; 1 Samuel 23:21); [רַחוּם‎, rachum] (Psalm 78:38;
PITIFUL
PITIFUL<pit’-i-fool>: As found in Scripture, means “full of pity”; it is expressed by [רַחֲמָני, rachamani], from rachamim (plural of racham), “bowels,” “compassion” (Lamentations 4:10 the King James Version, its only occurrence in the Old Testament), “The hands of the pitiful women have sodden
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
Compassion
compassion. An attitude or emotion that is altruistic in nature and therefore leads to selfless acts of *beneficence on behalf of another. Compassion presupposes such dispositions as *sympathy and mercy. Christianity has long championed the cultivation of compassion as one of its core moral *imperatives.
Sympathy
sympathy. The condition of being in agreement in feeling with another or others; the ability to understand or to share the feelings of others. Sympathy is closely connected to *compassion, and is generally viewed as the underlying ability that makes compassion possible.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Compassion
COMPASSION Meaning “to feel passion with someone” or “to enter sympathetically into one’s sorrow and pain.” In various translations of the Bible, this English word is used to translate at least five Hebrew words in the OT and eight Greek words in the NT. The subtle variations in the original terms are
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
Compassion
CompassionHebrew expression: rachamPronunciation: raw KHAHMStrong’s Number: 7355Key VersesExodus 33:19; Isaiah 13:18; Jeremiah 21:7It is not overstating the case to say that Israel exists because God is a compassionate God who lives and acts according to who He is. Yet, in His sovereignty and
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Compassion
compassion. Compassion or pity is one of God’s virtues, made evident through his mighty acts in history on behalf of the covenant people. That God is compassionate is one of the essential marks of the biblical faith (Exod. 3:7; Deut. 30:3; 2 Chr. 36:15–16; Ps. 78:38; 86:13; Jer. 12:15; Hos. 11:4). God’s
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Compassion
COMPASSION, kom-pashʹun: Compassion is the tr of רָחַם‎, rāḥam, “to love,” “pity,” “be merciful” (Dt 13:17; 30:3); of raḥămīm, “mercies” (1 K 8:50); of חָמַל‎, ḥāmal, “to pity,” “spare” (Ex 2:6; 1 S 23:21); רַחוּם‎, raḥūm (Ps 78:38; 86:15; 111:4; 112:4; 145:8), is rendered by ARV “merciful.” We have
Pitiful
PITIFUL, pit´i-fŏŏl: As found in Scripture, means “full of pity”; it is expressed by “רַחֲמָני‎, raḥǎmānī, from raḥǎmīm (pl. of raḥam), “bowels,” “compassion” (Lam 4:10 AV, its only occurrence in the OT), “The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children.” In Jas 5:11, we have the
Key passages
Ps 78:38

But he was compassionate; he pardoned their guilt and did not destroy them. And many times he turned back his anger and did not stir up all his wrath,

Ho 13:14

Should I redeem them from the power of Sheol? Should I deliver them from death? Where are your plagues, O Death? Where is your destruction, O Sheol? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

Mt 9:36

And when he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were weary and dejected, like sheep that did not have a shepherd.

Mt 14:14

And as he got out, he saw the large crowd and had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Col 3:12

Therefore, as the chosen of God, holy and dearly loved, put on affection, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience,

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