() "Thine alms" is eleemosyne, which means "pity", "mercy", "charity," and "alms." It is the noun for of the verb eleeo, which means "to have pity on," "to show mercy to," and "to feel pity." In the passive, "to be shown pity," and "to be pitied." -- The Greek word translated as "charity" is the Greek source for our word "alms." However, primarily means "pity" or "mercy." It is another form of the word used in the Beatitudes as "merciful" and "obtain mercy."