Proverbs 3:3 (KJV 1900) — 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the table of thine heart:
Mercy and truth, in that order: Mercy without truth would have no standards within which to operate. Truth without mercy is hard and unbending.
Psalm 57:3 (KJV 1900) — 3 He shall send from heaven, and save me From the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
Psalm 61:7 (KJV 1900) — 7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
Psalm 85:10 (KJV 1900) — 10 Mercy and truth are met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Even judgment must be tempered by mercy.
James 2:13 (KJV 1900) — 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
Mercy and truth must balance and complement each other. They must be so closely held as to be “bound” around one’s neck or “written” on one’s heart.