Proverbs 11:17

The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Kindred. Hebrew, "flesh "Genesis xxix. 14. The miser is cruel even to himself.

Leo of Rome

AD 461
Prayer rises up quickly to the ears of God when lifted up by the recommendation of [alms and fasting]. Since, as it has been written, “the merciful man benefits his own soul,” nothing belongs to each individual more than what has been spent on one’s neighbor. Part of those physical resources which are used to help the poor become transformed into eternal riches. Born from this generosity are funds which will not be able to be diminished through use nor damaged through decay. “Blessed are the merciful, for God will have mercy on them.” He who constitutes the very exemplar of this precept will also be the sum of their reward.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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