The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
Wise King Solomon recognized that treating others with kindness and mercy is good for us! However, anger and cruelty not only hurt others, but also hurt the cruel person himself.
It’s interesting to note that during the conquest of Jericho a man named Achan sinned, and Joshua asked, “Why have you troubled us?” (Joshua 7:25). Achan’s sin led to trouble for his whole nation and the death penalty for himself.
For more about being merciful, see “The Golden Rule.”