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The words "mercy" or "merciful" are found eight times in the Book of Proverbs and a total of 316 times in the KJV Bible. The word "hope" is found 130 times and is derived from several Hebrew and Greek words. The Hebrew word tiqvah (Strong's Concordance #H8615), which means to expect something or to long for it to occur, and yachal (Strong's #H3176), which means to patiently wait, are the most common words translated as such in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the Greek word elpis (Strong's #G1680), which means to expect or have confidence in the future, is the most common original language word translated as hope.

The Bible does speak of the "hope" of the wicked (those who do evil). Although they trust in their worldly possessions (Job 31:24), they will ultimately perish without mercy (Job 8:13, 11:20).

He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy upon the poor. 32. When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but the righteous, even when he is brought to death, has hope. (Proverbs 14:31 - 32)

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart (Proverbs 3:3)

17 The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. (11:17)

23 The godly can look forward to a reward, while the wicked can expect only judgment. (11:23)

10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. (12:10)

21 Those who despise their neighbors are sinners, but happy are those who are kind to the poor. 22 Do they not err that plan evil? Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness. (14:21 - 22)

World's Wit and Wisdom
The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the
attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi, 1869 - 1948

6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil. (16:6)

11 Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. (19:11)

28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by loving kindness he upholds his throne. (20:28)

21. He who follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. (21:21)

29 And don't say, 'Now I can pay them back for what they have done to me! I'll get even with them!' (24:29)

18 Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; So he who waits on his master will be honored. (27:18)

28. The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. (Proverbs 10:28)

20 She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. (31:20)

World's Wit and Wisdom
Vows begin when hope dies.
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 - 1519

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon
it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

To marry a second time represents
the triumph of hope over experience.
Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709 - 1784

13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. (28:13)

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)

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