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BIBLE VERSES ON COMPASSION


Several months ago I started to go through the Bible to see how many verses there were about "Compassion". I was amazed at how many there were. So far, I've found almost 80. There are a lot more that I've not found in my reading yet. Here are the ones that I've found. I'll be breaking them down into ones found in the Old Testament and ones found in the New Testament. The version of the Bible that I'll be using here is "The Message" compiled by Eugene H. Peterson.

OLD TESTAMENT

Deuteronomy 14:29

"Keep it in reserve for the Levite who won't get any property or inheritance as you will, and for the foreigner,the orphan, and the widow who live in your neighborhood. That way they'll have plenty to eat and G-D, your G-D, will bless you in all your work."

Deuteronomy 15:7-8

"7 When you happen on someone who's in trouble or needs help among your people with whom you live in this land that God, your God, is giving you, don't look the other way pretending you don't see him. Don't keep a tight grip on your purse. 8 No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs."

Deuteronomy 15:11

"There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.

Deuteronomy 24:19-21

"19: When you harvest your grain and forget a sheaf back in the field, don't go back and get it; leave it for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow so that G-D, your G-D, will bless you in all your work. 20: When you shake the olives off your trees, don't go back over the branches and strip them bare--what's left is for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. 21: And when you cut the grapes in your vineyard, don't take every last grape--leave a few for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.

Ecclesiastes 11:1

"Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. "

Exodus 22:22

"22 "Don't mistreat widows or orphans."

Ezekiel 18:7

"doesn't bully anyone, doesn't pile up bad debts, doesn't steal, doesn't refuse food to the hungry, doesn't refuse clothing to the ill-clad,"

Isaiah 1:17

"Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down(trodden)"

Isaiah 58:7-10

"7 What I'm interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. 8 Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. 9 Then when you pray, God will answer. You'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.' A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places "If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people's sins, 10 If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. "

Jeremiah 22:16

"He stuck up for the down-and-out, And things went well for Judah. Isn't this what it means to know me?" G-D's Decree!

Leviticus 19:9-10

9: "When you harvest your land, don't harvest right up to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings from the harvest. 10: Don't strip your vineyard bare or go back and pick up the fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am G-D, your G-D."

Leviticus 19:18

"Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people. Love your neighbor as yourself. I am G-D."

Michah 6:8

"8 But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don't take yourself too seriously - take God seriously."

Proverbs 11: 24-25

"24 The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. 25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped."

Proverbs 14:21

"It's criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor--what a blessing!"

Proverbs 14:31

"You insult your Maker when you exploit the powerless; when you're kind to the poor, you honor God."

Proverbs 16:19

"It's better to live humbly among the poor , than to live it up among the rich and famous."

Proverbs 17:5

"Whoever mocks poor people, insults their Creator; gloating over misfortune is a punishable crime."

Proverbs 19:17

"Mercy to the needy is a loan to G-D, and G-D pays back those loans in full."

Proverbs 21:13

"If you stop your ears to the cries of the poor, your cries will go unheard, unanswered."

Proverbs 22:2

"The rich and the poor shake hands as equals-- G-D made them both!"

Proverbs 22:9

"Generous hands are blessed hands, because they give bread to the poor.

Proverbs 25:21

"If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch; if he's thirsty, bring him a drink."

Proverbs 28:27

"Be generous to the poor - you'll never go hungry; shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses."

Proverbs 31:9

"Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!"

Psalm 3:8

"Real help comes from G-D. Your blessing clothes your people!

Psalm 41:1

"Dignify those who are down on their luck; you'll feel good--that's what G-D does."

Psalm 72:4

"Please stand up for the poor, help the children of the needy, come down hard on the cruel tyrants."

Psalm 72:12

"Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need, the destitute who have run out of luck."

Zechariah 7:9-10

"9 Well, the message hasn't changed. God-of-the-Angel-Armies said then and says now: "'Treat one another justly. Love your neighbors. Be compassionate with each other. 10 Don't take advantage of widows, orphans, visitors, and the poor. Don't plot and scheme against one another - that's evil.' "

NEW TESTAMENT

Colossians 3:12

"So, chosen by G-D for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe G-D picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline."

Colossians 3:14

"And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection."

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1: "If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2: If I speak G-D's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. 3: If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. 4: Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, 5: Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always "me first," Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, 6: Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 7: Puts up with anything,Trusts G-D always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps on going to the end. 8: Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. 9: We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. 10: But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. 11: When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. 12: We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as G-D sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 13: But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love."

1 Corinthians 12:25-26

"25 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, 26 the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. "

1 Corinthians 16:14

"Let all your things be done with love.

Ephesians 4:32

" Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. "

Galatians 2:10

"The only additional thing they asked was that we remember the poor, and I was already eager to do that. "

Galatians 5:13

"For everything we know about G-D's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom.

Galatians 6:2

"Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. "

Hebrews 6:10

"G-D doesn't miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you've shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it."

Hebrews 10:23-25

"23: Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. 24: Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, 25: not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching."

Hebrews 13:2

"Be ready with a meal or a bed when it's needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!"

James 1:27

"Real religion, the kind that passes muster before G-D the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world."

James 2:8

"You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: "Love others as you love yourself."

James 2:14-26

14: "Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? 15: For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved 16: and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup--where does that get you? 17: Isn't it obvious that G-D talk without G-D acts is outrageous nonsense? 18: I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, "Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I'll handle the works department." Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. 19: Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only G-D, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That's just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? 20: Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands? 21: Wasn't our ancestor Abraham "made right with G-D by works" when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? 22: Isn't it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are "works of faith"? 23: The full meaning of "believe" in the Scripture sentence, "Abraham believed G-D and was set right with G-D," includes his action. It's that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named "G-D's friend." 24: Is it not evident that a person is made right with G-D not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works? 25: The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn't her action in hiding G-D's spies and helping them escape--that seamless unity of believing and doing--what counted with G-D? 26: The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse."

John 13:35

"This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples--when they see the love you have for each other."

John 15:12

"This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you."

1 John 3:17

" If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. "

1 John 4:8

"The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about G-D, because G-D is love--so you can't know him if you don't love."

1 John 4:12

"No one has seen G-D, ever. But if we love one another, G-D dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us--perfect love!"

1 John 3:14

"The way we know we've been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn't love is as good as dead. "

1 John 4:20

"If anyone boasts, "I love G-D," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the G-D he can't see?

Luke 6:33-36

"33 If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. 34 If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that's charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that. 35 "I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You'll never - I promise - regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we're at our worst. 36 Our Father is kind; you be kind. "

Luke 10:30-37

"30 Jesus answered by telling a story. "There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. 31 Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. 32 Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. 33 "A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him. 34 He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. 35 In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill - I'll pay you on my way back.' 36 "What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?" 37 "The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, "Go and do the same."

Luke 14:13

" Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks"

Luke 22:27

"25 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, 26 the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. "

Mark 9:41

"Why, anyone by just giving you a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it that G-D will notice."

Mark 12:31

"And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. "

Matthew 5:9

""You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family. "

Matthew 5:45-47

45: "...for then you are working out of your true selves, your G-D created selves. This is what G-D does. He gives his best--the sun to warm and the rain to nourish--to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. 46: If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. 47: If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that."

Matthew 7:12

""Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is what you get. "

Matthew 10:42

"Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing."

Matthew 19:19

"...honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself."

Matthew 22:39

"But there is a second to set alongside it: "Love others as well as you love yourself.'

Matthew 25:31-46

31: "When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. 32: Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, 33: putting sheep to his right and goats to his left. 34: "Then the King will say to those on his right, "Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. 35: And here's why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, 36: I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37: "Then those "sheep' are going to say, "Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? 38 -39: And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' 40: Then the King will say, "I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me--you did it to me.' 41: "Then he will turn to the "goats,' the ones on his left, and say, "Get out, worthless goats! You're good for nothing but the fires of hell. 42: And why? Because-- I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43: I was homeless and you gave me no bed, I was shivering and you gave me no clothes, Sick and in prison, and you never visited.' 44: "Then those "goats' are going to say, "Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn't help?' 45: "He will answer them, "I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me--you failed to do it to me.' 46: "Then those "goats' will be herded to their eternal doom, but the "sheep' to their eternal reward."

1 Peter 3:8

"Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble."

1 Peter 4:8-10

"8 Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. 9 Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless - cheerfully. 10 Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: "

Philippians 2:4

"Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand."

Romans 12:13

"Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality."

Romans 12:20

" Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness."

Romans 13:8

"Don't run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along."

1 Thessolonians 5:11-14

"11 So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it. 12 And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. 13 Overwhelm them with appreciation and love! 14 Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. "

1 Timothy 6:17-18

"17 Tell those rich in this world's wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage - 18 to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. "

Titus 3:14

14: "Our people have to learn to be diligent in their work so that all necessities are met (especially among the needy) and they don't end up with nothing to show for their lives."




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