(Proverbs 12:10 KJV) A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
The second part of this jumped out at me as I read through Proverbs again this morning.
So called “tender mercies" (compassion NASB) (7356) are not always good.
The “wicked” (7563) can make compassion “cruel” (394). When you think about all of the Federal programs started in the name of compassion and examine the results, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that evil people cannot administer compassion. With school starting I also think of all the misguided “good intentions” of teachers who think they are helping by building self-esteem built on nothing and ignoring the Biblical truth that only grace can change the heart of man.
Grace and Peace.