by Donald Cantrell

The Value Of A Tear
Donald Cantrell
Psalms 58:8

Job 16:20 KJV - My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

Psa 6:6 KJV - I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Psa 56:8 KJV - Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Psa 126:5 KJV - They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.


In the bible the word tears are mention 36 times in 35 verses. The term cry is mentioned 181 times in 168 verses. The word cries is found 1 time in the bible. The word crieth is found 17 times in 17 verses. In the bible we find the word cried 199 times in 195 verses. The word weep is found 49 times in 45 verses. We find weepeth 4 times in 4 verses. Weepest is found 3 times in 3 verses. Weeping is found 44 times in 41 verses.

If we consider all of the above words we notice that the shedding of tears is a very familiar theme found throughout the bible. The most noted servants of God were associated with tears and weeping. Even the Lord himself was a man of tears. In many societies we tell our boys and our men that crying is not acceptable. We teach our girls that it is okay to cry, that is common and acceptable, but not so with boys or men. This teaching is incorrect; in the bible tears are applauded and accepted.


Our plight is much like the story that has been told of the two teardrops who met while traveling along the river of life. One said, ''I am a teardrop from a woman who met the man of her dreams and lost him.'' The other replied, ''I am a teardrop from the woman who found him.''
Today in the Word, Aug. 2003. p.19

Marital Ritual Tears

According to a column in ''Ripley's Believe It or Not,'' the Tujia people in China have a unique ceremony in which the prospective bride and her wedding party cry every day for a month before the wedding. They do not say if the tears are happy tears or not; but if they are n ...

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