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Mercy, Grace, and Kindness.
Rev. 15: 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. [See 236.]
233. Mercy, grace, and kindness of God.
Ex. 34: 6 The LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.
Num. 14: 18 The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty.
Dt. 4: 31 (The LORD thy God is a merciful God ;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers, which he sware unto them.
Ps. 25: 6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving-kindnesses; for they have been ever of old. - 36: 7 How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. -86: 5 Thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call thee. upon 100: 5 The LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. 103: 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide; neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 106: 44 He regarded their affliction when he heard their cry: 45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.-116: 5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.—119: 64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy.-138: 8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
Dan. 9: 9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses; though we have rebelled against him.
Joel 2: 13 Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Jonah 4: 2 I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
Lk. 6: 35 Love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Ep. 2: 4 God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ; (by grace ye are saved ;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.
[See 225, 228, 372, 585, 672.]
234. Sovereignty, freedom, and independence of God.
Job 23: 13 He is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.-33: 13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Ps. 115: 3 Our God is in the heavens; he hath done whatsoever he pleased. · 135: 6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
Is. 55: 10 As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Dan. 4: 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Mat. 11: 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. 20: 12 These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with
me for a penny? 14 Take that thine is and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Rom. 9:15 He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then, it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Ep. 1: 11 Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
Ph. 2: 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. [See 240-8.]
235. Truth of God.
Ex. 34: 6 The LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
Num. 23: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Dt. 32: 4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
1 S. 15: 29 The Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
Ps. 19: 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
89: 14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. — 100: 5 The LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.119: 142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.—146: 6 Which keepeth truth for ever.
Is. 25: 1 Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Dan. 4: 37 I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and his ways judgment.
Rev. 15: 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. [See 226.]
236. Vindicative justice of God.
Ex. 15: 3 The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name. Dt. 4: 24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. - 32: 35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. 39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive: I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. 42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
Ps. 78: 49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. 50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; 51 And smote all the first-born in Egypt; the chief of their strength, in the tabernacles of Ham.-97: 3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
Is. 30: 27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire.
-35: 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. 59: 17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. 18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. 19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.
66: 14 The hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. 15 For behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Vindicative Justice amiable.
Lam. 2: 4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.
Ezk. 7: 8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.
Nah. 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth: the LORD revengeth, and is furious: the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. 6. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
Rom. 3: 5 Is God unrighteous, who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man,) 6 God forbid for then how shall God judge the world?-11: 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity: but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.—12: 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
2 Cor. 5: 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
2 Th. 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you, 7 And to you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Heb. 12: 29 Our God is a consuming fire. [Ps. 18: 6-14.] [See 230, 232, and Punishment future.]
237. God's vindicative justice amiable, desirable and comforting.
Dt. 32: 43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.
Ps. 28: 4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. 5 Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands. 48: 11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. -58: 9 He shall