Men Crying in the Bible


To save space, references solely to women crying are omitted, but the fact that all these references are to men crying is particularly impacting

Scriptures Specifically Mentioning Men Crying

Genesis 27:38  . . . Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

Genesis 29:11 Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

Genesis 33:4 Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, fell on his neck, kissed him, and they wept.

Genesis 37:35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. He said, “For I will go down to Sheol to my son mourning.” His father wept for him.

Genesis 42:24 He turned himself away from them, and wept. . . .

Genesis 43:30 Joseph hurried, for his heart yearned over his brother; and he sought a place to weep. He entered into his room, and wept there.

Genesis 45:2 He wept aloud. The Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.

Genesis 45:14 He fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.

Genesis 45:15 He kissed all his brothers, and wept on them. . . .

Genesis 46:29 Joseph . . . presented himself to him, and fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.

Genesis 50:1 Joseph fell on his father’s face, wept on him, and kissed him.

Genesis 50:17  . . . Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

1 Samuel 20:41  . . . David . . . fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times. They kissed one another, and wept one with another, and David wept the most.

1 Samuel 24:16  . . . Saul said, “Is that your voice, my son David?” Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

1 Samuel 30:4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voice and wept until they had no more power to weep.

2 Samuel 1:12 They mourned, wept, and fasted until evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they had fallen by the sword.

2 Samuel 3:16 Her husband went with her, weeping as he went, and followed her to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go! Return!” and he returned.

2 Samuel 3:32  . . . the king lifted up his voice, and wept at Abner’s grave; and all the people wept.

2 Samuel 12:21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child was dead, you rose up and ate bread.”

2 Samuel 12:22 He said, “While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will not be gracious to me, that the child may live?’

2 Samuel 13:36 As soon as he had finished speaking, behold, the king’s sons came, and lifted up their voice, and wept. The king also and all his servants wept bitterly.

2 Samuel 15:30 David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered, and went barefoot: and all the people who were with him each covered his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.

2 Samuel 18:33 The king was much moved, and went up to the room over the gate, and wept. As he went, he said, “My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! I wish I had died for you, Absalom, my son, my son!”

2 Samuel 19:1 Joab was told, “Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom.”

2 Kings 8:11  . . . Then the man of God wept.

2 Kings 8:12 Hazael said, “Why do you weep, my lord?” . . .

2 Kings 13:14 Now Elisha became sick with the illness of which he died; and Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over him . . .

2 Kings 20:3  . . . And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

2 Kings 20:5  . . .tell Hezekiah the prince of my people, ‘The Lord, the God of David your father, says, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. . . .

2 Kings 22:19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you,’ says the Lord.

2 Chronicles 34:27 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God, when you heard his words against this place, and against its inhabitants, and have humbled yourself before me, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you,” says the Lord.

Ezra 3:12-13 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice. Many also shouted aloud for joy so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people; for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard far away.

Ezra 10:1 Now while Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before God’s house, there was gathered together to him out of Israel a very great assembly of men and women and children; for the people wept very bitterly.

Nehemiah 1:4 When I heard these words, I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days . . .

Esther 4:1  . . . Mordecai tore his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the middle of the city, and wailed loudly and a bitterly.

Job 2:12 When they lifted up their eyes from a distance, and didn’t recognize him, they raised their voices, and wept; and they each tore his robe, and sprinkled dust on their heads toward the sky.

Job 16:16 My face is red with weeping. Deep darkness is on my eyelids.

Job 16:20 My friends scoff at me. My eyes pour out tears to God

Job 30:25 Didn’t I weep for him who was in trouble? Wasn’t my soul grieved for the needy?

Psalms 6:6 I am weary with my groaning. Every night I flood my bed. I drench my couch with my tears.

Psalms 6:8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity, for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.

Psalms 30:11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy (NIV)

Psalms 39:12 Hear my prayer, Lord, and give ear to my cry. Don’t be silent at my tears. . . .

Psalms 42:3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?”

Psalms 69:10 When I wept and I fasted, that was to my reproach.

Psalms 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears

Psalms 119:136 Streams of tears run down my eyes, because they don’t observe your law.

Isaiah 16:9 Therefore I will weep, with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah. I will water you with my tears . . .

Isaiah 22:4  . . . Look away from me. I will weep bitterly. . . .

Isaiah 33:7 Behold, their valiant ones cry outside; the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.

Isaiah 38:3  . . . Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Isaiah 38:5 Go, and tell Hezekiah, ‘The Lord says, the God of David your father, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.

Jeremiah 25:36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and the wailing of the principal of the flock! for the Lord lays waste their pasture.

Jeremiah 41:6 Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went . . .

Jeremiah 48:31-32 Therefore I will wail for Moab; yes, I will cry out for all Moab: for the men of Kir Heres shall they mourn. With more than the weeping of Jazer will I weep for you . . .

Lamentations 2:11 My eyes do fail with tears, my heart is troubled; My liver is poured on the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people . . .

Lamentations 3:48-49 My eye runs down with streams of water, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. My eye pours down, and doesn’t cease, without any intermission

Hosea 12:4  . . . he wept, and made supplication to him. . . .

Micah 1:8 For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will howl like the jackals, and moan like the daughters of owls.

Zechariah 11:3 A voice of the wailing of the shepherds! . . .

Malachi 2:13 This again you do: you cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with sighing . . .

Matthew 26:75 Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and wept bitterly.

Mark 14:72 The rooster crowed the second time. Peter remembered the word, how that Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” When he thought about that, he wept.

Luke 19:41 When he came near, he saw the city and wept over it

Luke 22:62 He went out, and wept bitterly.

John 11:35 Jesus wept.

Acts 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews

Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, remembering that for a period of three years I didn’t cease to admonish everyone night and day with tears.

Acts 20:37 They all wept a lot, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears . . .

Philippians 3:18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ

2 Timothy 1:4 longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy

Hebrews 5:7 He, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear

Hebrews 12:17  . . . he found no place for a change of mind though he sought it diligently with tears.

Revelation 5:4 And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look in it.

Revelation 5:5 One of the elders said to me, “Don’t weep. Behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome; he who opens the book and its seven seals.”


Men and Women Crying Together

Exodus 12:30 Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Numbers 11:4 The mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, “Who will give us flesh to eat?

Numbers 11:10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the door of his tent . . .

Numbers 11:13 Where could I get meat to give to all this people? For they weep to me, saying, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’

Numbers 11:18 Say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and you will eat flesh; for you have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and you will eat.

Numbers 14:1 All the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

Numbers 25:6  . . . in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, while they were weeping at the door of the Tent of Meeting.

Deuteronomy 1:45 You returned and wept before the Lord . . .

Deuteronomy 34:8 The children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the days of weeping in the mourning for Moses were ended.

Judges 2:4  . . . the people lifted up their voice, and wept.

Judges 20:23 The children of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until evening . . .

Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came to Bethel, and wept, and sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until evening . . .

Judges 21:2 The people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept severely.

1 Samuel 11:4  . . . then all the people lifted up their voice, and wept.

1 Samuel 11:5  . . . Saul said, “What ails the people that they weep?” . . .

2 Samuel 3:34  . . . All the people wept again over him.

2 Samuel 15:23 All the country wept with a loud voice . . .

Nehemiah 8:9  . . . “Today is holy to the Lord your God. Don’t mourn, nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

Esther 4:3 In every province, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Psalms 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

Isaiah 15:2 They have gone up to Bayith, and to Dibon, to the high places, to weep. Moab wails over Nebo and over Medeba. . . .

Isaiah 15:3  . . . In their streets and on their housetops, everyone wails, weeping abundantly.

Isaiah 15:5 My heart cries out for Moab! Her nobles flee to Zoar, to Eglath Shelishiyah; for they go up by the ascent of Luhith with weeping; for on the way to Horonaim, they raise up a cry of destruction.

Isaiah 15:8 For the cry has gone around the borders of Moab; its wailing to Eglaim, and its wailing to Beer Elim.

Isaiah 16:7 Therefore Moab will wail for Moab. Everyone will wail. You will mourn for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth, utterly stricken.

Jeremiah 3:21 A voice is heard on the bare heights, the weeping and the petitions of the children of Israel; because they have perverted their way, they have forgotten the Lord their God.

Jeremiah 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we ruined! . . .

Jeremiah 14:2 Judah mourns, and its gates languish, they sit in black on the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

Jeremiah 48:5 For by the ascent of Luhith with continual weeping shall they go up; for at the descent of Horonaim they have heard the distress of the cry of destruction.

Jeremiah 48:39 How it is broken down! How they wail! How Moab has turned the back with shame! So shall Moab become a derision and a terror to all who are around him.

Zechariah 12:11 On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

Matthew 8:12 but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 22:13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.’

Matthew 24:51 Hand will cut him in pieces, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.

Matthew 25:30 Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Mark 5:38 He came to the synagogue ruler’s house, and he saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing.

Mark 5:39 When he had entered in, he said to them, “Why do you make an uproar and weep? The child is not dead, but is asleep.”

Mark 16:10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

Luke 8:52 All were weeping and mourning her, but he said, “Don’t weep. She isn’t dead, but sleeping.”

Luke 13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in God’s Kingdom, and yourselves being thrown outside.

Luke 23:27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. (NIV)

John 11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled




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