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Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
(Genesis 9:6) ESV 

You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.
(Deuteronomy 25:4) ESV 

For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.
(Psalm 50:10) ESV 

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
(Proverbs 12:10) ESV 

Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.
(Hosea 13:16) ESV 

And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
(Mark 9:43) ESV 

And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.
(Luke 12:47) ESV 

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
(Romans 12:19) ESV 

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

All cruelty springs from weakness.
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman Statesman 5 BC – 65 AD

As long as man eats animals how can cruelty to animals be removed.
--Morarji Desai – Indian Politician 1896-1995

Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind - it is only the difference in the victim.
--Alphonse de Lamartine – French Poet 1790-1869

Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
--Harriet Ann Jacobs – American Writer 1813-1897

Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable.
--Jodie Foster – American Actress Born 1962

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
--George Eliot – British Author 1819-1880

Fear is the parent of cruelty.
--James Anthony Froude – English Historian 1818-1894

Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.
--Phaedrus – Roman Poet 15 BC – 50 AD

My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.
--Anna Sewell – English Writer 1820-18786

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Cruelty and the Bible

When Jesus of Nazareth began his public ministry, he preached often about cruelty stemming from a lack of love toward one's neighbour. His famous parable of the Good Samaritan showed how neglect of the needy can be a form of cruelty. Thieves robbed and beat a man, stripped him of his clothes, and left him lying in a ditch, half dead. Jesus used two pious characters in his story to illustrate cruel neglect: "A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side." (Luke 10:31-32, NIV Ironically, the righteous man in the parable was a Samaritan, a race hated by the Jews. That man rescued the beating victim, tended to his wounds, and provided for his recovery.

In another instance, Jesus warned about cruelty by neglect: "'For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'" (Matthew 25:42-43, NIV) When asked by the onlookers when they had neglected him in those ways, Jesus answered: "'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'" (Matthew 25:45, NIV) Jesus' point in both cases was that everyone is our neighbor and deserves to be treated with kindness. God considers cruelty by neglect a sinful act.

On another occasion, Jesus stepped in personally when a woman caught in adultery was about to be stoned. Under Mosaic law, the death penalty was legal, but Jesus saw it as cruel and merciless in her case. He told the crowd, poised with stones in their hands: "'If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'" (John 8:7, NIV) Of course her accusers were all sinners. They drifted away, leaving her unharmed. Although this lesson called attention to human cruelty, it showed that unlike man, God judges with mercy. Jesus dismissed the woman but told her to stop sinning.

The most obvious example of cruelty in the Bible is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He was wrongly accused, unjustly tried, tortured, and executed, in spite of being innocent. His reaction to this cruelty as he hung dying on the cross? "Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'" (Luke 23:34, NIV)

Paul, the Bible’s greatest missionary, took up Jesus' message, preaching a gospel of love. Love and cruelty are incompatible. Paul simplified the intent of all God’s commands: "The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'" (Galatians 5:14, NIV)

If you have experienced criticism or cruelty because of your faith, Jesus explains why: "'If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.'" (John 15:18-19, NIV)5


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Definition of Cruelty

1. deliberate infliction of pain or suffering

2. the quality or characteristic of being cruel

3. a cruel action

4. (Law) Law conduct that causes danger to life or limb or a threat to bodily or mental health, on proof of which a decree of divorce may be granted4     




References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
4.  The Free Dictionary -
What Does the Bible Say About Cruelty? -
6.  Brainy Quote -


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