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Q: #530. How many times did Jesus cry (weep)?

     A: There are three places where Jesus is shown to have cried or wept. All three of these were near the end of His time on earth. Following are the verses that show when he did this.

#1. (Lk 19:41-42) Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem as He approached it.

#2. (Jn 11:35) “Jesus wept” just before raising Lazarus from the dead.

#3. (Heb 5:7) says that Jesus, “offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death.” This points to when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt 26:38-46)(Lk 22:44-45).

     It is interesting to note that two different Greek words are used for “wept” in (Lk 19:41) and (Jn 11:35). The Greek word used for “wept” in Luke is “klaio,” which means to “wail aloud,” while the Greek word used in John is “dakruo,” which means “to cry silently” – Strong’s.

     I find it likely that Jesus wept more times than this, but this is all that the Bible records.

Copyright: © Steve Shirley

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