5963 sympathy

5963 sympathy

The ability to appreciate another’s condition, especially through shared experience of pain or suffering. God sympathises with his people in their sufferings, as does Jesus Christ as the sympathetic high priest.

God sympathises with his people

Ps 10:14; 2Co 1:3-4 See also Ex 22:26-27; Dt 10:18; Jdg 2:18; Ps 9:9; Ps 91:15; Isa 40:1-2; Isa 66:13; Jer 8:18; 2Co 7:6

God’s apparent lack of sympathy may be evidence of judgment

Jer 16:5-6 See also Isa 27:11; Isa 63:15

Jesus Christ sympathises with those in distress

Jn 11:35; Heb 4:15 See also Mt 9:36; Mk 1:41; Lk 7:34; Heb 2:14-18

Sympathy as a characteristic of friendship

1Sa 20:34; Job 2:11 See also Jdg 11:37; 1Sa 20:41; 2Sa 10:2-3 pp 1Ch 19:2-3; Job 16:4-5; Job 19:21; Job 29:16; Job 30:25; Ecc 4:10; Da 1:9; Jn 11:18-19

Sympathy expected from God’s people

Ex 23:9; Ro 12:15; 1Pe 3:8 See also Ex 22:21; Lev 19:33-34; Dt 10:19; Isa 58:6-7; 2Co 1:4-7; 2Co 2:7; 2Co 11:29; Php 1:7; Php 2:1; Php 4:14; Col 3:12; 1Th 2:11-12; 1Ti 5:9-10; Heb 10:34; Heb 13:3

The absence of sympathy

Ps 69:20 See also Dt 15:7; Job 6:14-18; Ps 31:11-12; Ps 38:11; Ps 41:9; Jer 20:10; La 1:16; Ob 12; Mt 18:33

See also

3130Holy Spirit, Counsellor
5560suffering
5691friends, good
5805comfort
5806compassion
5946sensitivity
5946sensitivity
5966tenderness
6686mercy
8291kindness
8292love
8414encouragement

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