12 Bible Verses about Mercy

Take a look at these Bible verses about mercy to see all that God promises if we care for and show mercy to others.

I believe mercy, the kind God believes in, has the power to heal relationships, to restore communities, and to empower God’s people to experience his goodness in a fresh and needed way.

  • Blessing of life. “If a man. . . . gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment . . . he shall surely live” (Ezek. 18:5, 16–17 ESV).


  • Blessing of family. “His descendants will be mighty on earth . . . who has given freely to the poor” (Ps. 112:2, 9 NASB).


  • Blessing of met needs. “He who gives to the poor will never want” (Prov. 28:27 NASB).


  • Blessing of health. “How blessed is he who considers the helpless. . . . The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health” (Ps. 41:1, 3 NASB).


  • Blessing of guidance and prayers answered. “Divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily bring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry, and He will say, Here I am. . . . Give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail” (Isa. 58:6–11 NASB).


  • Blessing of delivery and protection. “How blessed is he who considers the helpless; the LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him and keep him alive” (Ps. 41:1–2 NASB).


  • Blessing of honor. “He has given freely to the poor. . . . his horn will be exalted in honor” (Ps. 112:9 NASB).


  • Blessing of rewarding work. “You shall generously give to [the poor], and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings” (Deut. 15:10 NASB).


  • Blessing of wealth. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his deed” (Prov. 19:17 ESV).


  • Blessing of spiritual fruitfulness. “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful” (Titus 3:13–14 ESV).


  • Blessing of happiness. “Happy is he who is gracious to the poor” (Prov. 14:21 NASB).


  • Moreover, God promises one final blessing on us when we show mercy: he promises that we’ll know him better—maybe the greatest blessing of all. “He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy . . . Is not that what it means to know Me?” (Jer. 22:16 NASB).

These Bible verses about mercy lay a beautiful foundation for a live of love, kindness and humility.

Learn more about how to show mercy to those around you in The God Impulse: The Power of Mercy in an Unmerciful World, by Jack Alexander. It’s available now at Amazon.

Andy Stanley recently endorsed the book, writing:

“Jack reminds us that, while God is often portrayed in culture as a harsh and distant master, he is in fact a loving father who longs to grow closer to us – and for us to show mercy to each other.”

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