hamal, rachuwm (Hebrew);
splanchnisomai [splagcNIVzomai] (Greek); and
compati, compassio (Latin).
Throughout time and many languages, compassion remains the same. Because of pity for the suffering, people, in their God-likeness, offer rescue during times of need.
Only in the supernatural is compassion is brought to existence in present-day or everlasting life.
David, a king who served citizens while highly recognizing the Creator, did not fall short of unveiling the origin of compassion:
“INCLINE YOUR ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.
Preserve my life, for I am godly and dedicated; O my God, save Your servant, for I trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt].
“Be merciful and gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day.
Make me, Your servant, to rejoice, O Lord, for to You do I lift myself up.
For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You.
“Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and listen to the cry of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me.
“There is none like unto You among the gods, O Lord, neither are their works like unto Yours.
“All nations whom You have made shall come and fall down before You, O Lord; and they shall glorify Your name.
“For You are great and work wonders! You alone are God.
“Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name.
“I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore.
“For great is Your mercy and loving-kindness toward me; and You have delivered me from the depths of Sheol [from the exceeding depths of affliction].
“O God, the proud and insolent are risen against me; a rabble of violent and ruthless men has sought and demanded my life, and they have not set You before them.
“But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness and truth.
“O turn to me and have mercy and be gracious to me; grant strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) to Your servant and save the son of Your handmaiden.
“Show me a sign of [Your evident] goodwill and favor, that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because You, Lord, [will show Your approval of me when You] help and comfort me.” -Psalm 86