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To show that mercy is divine, she contrasts it against the throne, the crown and the scepter which are all symbols of a king’s earthly power. She says that mercy is twice blessed. It blesses both the giver and the receiver. Mercy becomes an attribute of God Himself if mercy seasons justice.
It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. It means that when we are merciful, two people are blessed, the person who receives one’s mercy, and oneself, for our hearts are softened and we become blessed by the receiver’s gratitude.
He is guided by mercy. Therefore, if a king seasons his justice with mercy, he can become like God himself. Mercy adorns a king better than his crown. The rod of authority in his hand can only create fear in the hearts of men but the quality of mercy can win for him willing slaves.
The quality of mercy is not strained. A line from the play The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. Strained means “constrained,” or “forced”; the speaker is telling Shylock that mercy must be freely given, and is inviting him to show mercy to the title character.
Answer: Mercy is the mightiest of the mightiest because its power is mightier than all the other powers that a king can boast of. The throne, the crown and the scepter are all symbols of power of the king.
Mercy is compared to gentle rain showered from heaven. This comparison is suitable or more apt because mercy also flows like a drop in the hearts of the person.
Mercy, according to Portia, is heavenly in origin and is a universal benefit which “blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” She calls it “mightier than the mightiest” and then devotes several lines to explaining why this is so. Kings are powerful because they inspire fear and respect.
The king’s scepter is a symbol of his earthly power and majesty, the focus of royal authority. But mercy is more important than the scepter. It’s enthroned in the hearts of kings, a quality of God himself. A king’s power seems most like God’s power when the king mixes mercy with justice.
The quality of mercy is not strained. Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
“The quality of mercy” is a speech given by Portia in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Act 4, Scene 1).
This comparison is suitable or more apt because mercy also flows like a drop in the hearts of the person. The speaker says that mercy is twice blessed. When mercy is (given) shown to somebody it is blessed and it comes back from the others. So mercy is twice blessed according to the speaker.
Portia says that mercy is like the rain from heaven. It is so gentle and nice. She also mentions that mercy cannot be forced. She says that “Mercy is twice blessed”.
1. Givers are blessed because they are freed from the destructive sin of greed (20:33-35a). Perhaps Paul is contrasting himself with the false teachers that he has just warned them about, wolves who come in to feed on the flock, rather than to feed the flock.
They make sure what goes around, comes around. They reward givers for their generous behavior, and seek revenge when they, or others, are being mistreated. Guess which of these types is the most successful at work. Turns out, givers tend to be the worst performers.
Humans have an innate tendency to be reciprocal, and givers and takers represent two extremes. But while givers are the most generous in our society, matchers play an important role. They make sure what goes around, comes around.
More than his own example, though, Paul told them to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Then Luke records the emotional farewell between Paul and these men who thought that they would never see his face again.