Mercy

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Mercy and Truth are shown together in a 13th-century representation of Psalm 85 (10)

Mercy can refer to a compassionate behavior by those in power (for example, mercy shown by a judge toward a criminal by not punishing him (or her) as much as he (or she) might be punished). It may also mean compassionate action by a third party (e.g. a trip out of mercy trying to treat sick children in Africa). The word is very common in several religions (for example, the mercy of God).

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