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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Denotes much the same as mercy. It is most generally used in speaking of the forgiveness exercised by princes. It is the result, indeed, of a disposition which ought to be cultivated by all ranks, though its effects cannot be equally conspicuous. Clemency is not only the privilege, the honour, and the duty of a prince, but it is also his security, and better than all his garrisons, forts, and guards, to preserve himself and his dominions in safety. That prince is truly royal who masters himself, looks upon all injuries as below him, and governs by equity and reason, not by passion or caprice. David, king of Israel, appears in no instance greater or more amiable than in sparing the life of his persecutor Saul, when it was in his power.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Clemency'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/c/clemency.html. 1802.