New American Standard Bible
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.
King James Bible
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
Darby Bible Translation
Gracious is Jehovah and righteous; and our God is merciful.
World English Bible
Yahweh is Gracious and righteous. Yes, our God is merciful.
Young's Literal Translation
Gracious is Jehovah, and righteous, Yea, our God is merciful,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Gracious is the Lord - This fact was his encouragement when he called on God. He believed that God was a gracious Being, and he found him to be so. Compare the notes at Hebrews 11:6.
And righteous ... - Just; true; faithful. This, too, is a proper foundation of appeal to God: not that we are righteous, and have a claim to his favor, but that he is a Being who will do what is right; that is, what is best to be done in the case. If he were an unjust Being; if he were one on whose stability of character, and whose regard for right, no reliance could be placed, we could never approach him with confidence or hope. In this sense we may rely on his justice - his justness of character - as a ground of hope. Compare the notes at 1 John 1:9 : "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us Our sins."
The text informs us that the deaths of God's saints are precious to him. How different, then, is the estimate of human life which God forms from that which has ruled the minds of great warriors and mighty conquerors. Had Napoleon spoken forth his mind about the lives of men in the day of battle, he would have likened them to so much water spilt upon the ground. To win a victory, or subdue a province, it mattered not though he strewed the ground with corpses thick as autumn leaves, nor did it signify …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 18: 1872
The Puritan Innovations
John Bunyan on the Terms of Communion and Fellowship of Christians at the Table of the Lord;
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
"For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.
"O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous, for we have been left an escaped remnant, as it is this day; behold, we are before You in our guilt, for no one can stand before You because of this."
"You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give him the land of the Canaanite, Of the Hittite and the Amorite, Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite-- To give it to his descendants. And You have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous.
But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments.
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