Has God dealt graciously with you? Rejoice!

…”But now entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, will He accept you favorably?” Says the lord of hosts. Malachi 1:6-9.

Be gracious, chanan; Strong’s # 2603. To be graciously inclined toward someone; to bestow favor on a person in need. Chanan is a verb that speaks of an attitude marked by compassion, generosity, and kindness. Please note the usage of this verb in Gen. 33:5,11; Ps. 119:132; 123:3.


“Have pity on me,” Job repeatedly and pathetically cries out to his friends (Job 19:21). Chanan, in this context (verses 14-22), expresses the kind of compassion, kindness, and consideration that will cause one to refrain from further wounding any individual who is bruised and suffering.

God is very merciful, by His own choice (Ex.33:19) and by His very nature. Therefore, the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.

For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. Isa. 30:18,19.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jan 03, 2013 @ 00:47:26

    Compassion, generosity, and kindness: the wonderful attributes of God.

    Another great word study, Manny.


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