2 Samuel 2:6 (KJV)
And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
David asked that God bestow upon the people of Jabeshgilead both kindness and truth for their care of the bodies of Saul and his sons. Though their bodies had been mistreated by the enemies, it was an act of kindness, and I think some heroism, to recover them and properly bury them.
David had been unwilling to “touch the Lord’s anointed” so long as Saul was alive. This demonstrates that his loyalty was sincere. Even after Saul was dead and the threat essentially quenched, David desired not retribution but opportunity to express kindness.
But not just kindness. Kindness and truth.
In the sense of showing respect, favor and mercy. It is an effort to reach out and show the other good.
This word comes from the concept of “blood continues”. I am thinking of Genesis one where each thing brought forth after his kind. Truth is that thing that continues. It does not change. It does not develop over time. It is the thing that remains constant from one generation to another.
To pray for God’s favor and goodness upon a person is a thoughtful thing indeed. But it is not a complete gift unless, along with that goodness, comes the eternal.
Truth will assure God’s kindness from one generation after the other eternally.
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