Crier • Crying • Weep • Weeping • Weeps
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cry; Crying
Cry; Crying Words in the OT usually denoting a distressful cry are Heb. ze‘āqâ and the older form e‘āqâ (e.g., Gen. 27:34; Ex. 3:7, 9; Neh. 9:9; Prov. 21:13), and ewāḥâ (Ps. 144:14; Jer. 14:2; 46:12). A cry for help is šû (a)‘ (Job 30:24; 36:19) or šaw‘â (Ex. 2:23; 1 S. 5:12; Ps. 18:6;
Weep; Weeping
Weep; Weeping [Heb. bāḵâ (Gen. 21:16; 23:2; etc.; piel, Jer. 31:15; Ezk. 8:14), beḵî (Gen. 45:2; Dt. 34:8; Ezr. 3:13; etc.), beḵîṯ (Gen. 50:4), dāmaʿ—‘shed tears’ (Jer. 13:17), dimʿâ—‘tears’ (Ps. 6:6 [MT 7]; Lam. 2:11), piel of kālâ—‘use up, exhaust’ (“weep out,” 1 S. 2:33), sāp̱aḏ
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
WeepingWeeping is an expression of sorrow, a reaction to being wronged or to having committed a wrong, or to the experience of loss. Scripture frequently portrays weeping as corporate and public.In the Bible, weeping is most frequently audible and thus involves more than tears. It is outright bawling
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CRY, CRYING<kri’-ing> ([זָעַק‎, zaaq], [צָעַק‎, tsàaq] (and forms), [קָרָא‎, qara’], [שָׁוַע‎, shawà], [רִנָּה‎, rinnah]; [βοάω, boao], [κράζω, krazo], [φωνέω, phoneo]):Various words are translated “cry,” “crying,” etc., the chief of which are those above given; za’aq and tsa`aq denote especially
CRIER<kri’-er> ([קָרָא‎, qara’]; compare [βοάω, boao]):1. Neither is this exact word found in English Versions of the Bible, nor a word exactly corresponding to it in the Hebrew Bible, but the character it stands for appears as “one who cries aloud,” i.e., proclaims mandates or gives public messages.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Blubber. To cry like a child, with noise and slavering. Connected with slobber, slaver.“I play the boy, and blubber in thy bosom.”Otway: Venice Preserved, i. 1.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
CRY.—The term ‘cry’ occurs in the NT with various shades of meaning corresponding to different Greek words, which express sometimes articulate, sometimes inarticulate utterances; in some cases it connotes strong emotion, in others a more or less heightened emphasis is all that is expressed.According
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
WeepsHebrew expression: bakahPronunciation: baw KAWHStrong’s Number: 1058Key VersesGenesis 23:2; 42:24; Ecclesiastes 3:4; Jeremiah 22:10; Lamentations 1:2The book of Lamentations deals with one bitter, mournful theme, a theme the rabbis said was the saddest theme since God created the world—the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
cry. This English word is often used as a rendering of various terms, such as the Hebrew verb ṣāʿaq H7590 (e.g., Gen. 27:34) and the Greek noun kraugē G3199 (e.g, Matt. 25:6). The “cry” may or may not be uttered; it may express the anguish of the soul under dire and prolonged stress or burden and
Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Volumes I–IV
Mourning & WeepingMourning is the expression, often public, of grief at the death of a loved one, a close friend, or a leader. Mourning can also express sorrow over a calamity that has overtaken an individual or a community in the past, or sorrow over an impending calamity. Among Jews and Christians,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Cry, Crying
CRY, CRYING, krī ʹing (זָעַק‎, zā‛aḳ, צָעַק‎, çā‛aḳ [and forms], קָרָא‎, ḳārā’, שָׁוַע‎, shāwa‛, רִנָּה‎, rinnāh; (βοάω, boáō, κράζω, krázō, φωνέω, phōnéō):Various words are trd “cry,” “crying,” etc, the chief of which are those above given; zā‛aḳ and çā‛aḳ denote esp. a cry for help,
CRIER, krīʹẽr (קָרָא‎, ḳārā’; cf βοάω, boáō):(1) Neither is this exact word found in EV, nor a word exactly corresponding to it in the Heb Bible, but the character it stands for appears as “one who cries aloud,” i.e., proclaims mandates or gives public messages. In Prov 1:21 it is said, “She [Wisdom]
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CRY OUT, TO [צָעַקtsaʿaq; βοάω boaō, κράζω krazo, κραυγάζω kraugazō]. In the OT, the verb tsaʿaq refers to calling out loudly or shouting, usually in distress (e.g., Gen 27:34; 1 Sam 4:14; 2 Kgs 4:40; Isa 65:14; Jer 25:34). The sufferers may appeal for help from a powerful person such as Moses (Num
Key passages
Ge 23:2

And Sarah died in Kiriath Arba; that is Hebron, in the land of Canaan. And Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

2 Sa 18:33

The king was upset, and he went up to the upper room of the gate and wept. He said as he went, “My son, Absalom, my son, my son, Absalom. If only I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son.”

Mt 26:75

And Peter remembered the statement Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times,” and he went outside and wept bitterly.

Lk 19:41

And when he approached and saw the city, he wept over it,

Jn 11:35

Jesus wept.

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Topics & Themes