Compassionate God

Compassionate God is one way of translating this Hebrew name of God. Rakhum refers to a deep inward feeling of loving concern, usually of a superior for an inferior and perhaps drawing meaning from the love of a mother because rekhem means “womb.” Pity, compassion, and mercy are all part of it. Sometimes He is called the Merciful God instead.

Compassionate God (El rakhum) pictured in the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy 4:31.

Compassionate God (El rakhum) in the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy 4:31.

Compassionate God in Hebrew:

’El rakhum

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 410, 7349

Bible reference: Deut. 4:31

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. (Deuteronomy 4:31)

Other English versions use the alternative descriptive name Merciful God.

A similar name of God is Gracious and compassionate God. In the New Testament God is called the Father of mercies.

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